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Nov 01, 2012

Nov 01, 2012

Study: Rapid flu tests do best at high viral loads

(CIDRAP News) – Commercially available rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) detected common virus strains at high concentrations fairly well but performed variably at lower concentrations, an evaluation of all 11 Food and Drug Administration–approved RIDTs showed.

Oct 31, 2012

Oct 31, 2012

FDA probe prompts recall from second compounding pharmacy

(CIDRAP News) – A second compounding pharmacy today recalled all of its products in the wake of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigations surrounding a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated injectable steroids.

Oct 29, 2012

Oct 29, 2012

Report: Deaths, illness linked to compounding pharmacies not new

(CIDRAP News) – Safety problems with products from compounding pharmacies even before the current multistate fungal meningitis outbreak led to at least 23 deaths and 86 serious illnesses or injuries in 34 states over the past decade, according to a report today from a Massachusetts congressman.

Oct 26, 2012

Oct 26, 2012

Investigation flags several issues at tainted steroid producer

(CIDRAP News) – The compounding pharmacy that produced tainted steroid injections implicated in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak had problems maintaining the clean room where the drugs were processed, according to a federal report today that found, for example, greenish residue on the ceiling.

Oct 24, 2012

Oct 24, 2012

ACIP makes recommendations for Tdap, meningococcal vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – A federal panel today recommended that all pregnant women receive the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during each pregnancy and that infants at increased risk receive four doses of a newly approved meningococcal combination vaccine.

Oct 24, 2012

Report airs problems at firm linked to fungal meningitis outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Massachusetts officials yesterday said New England Compounding Center (NECC), the firm linked to a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak, sent shipments from two of the recalled lots before it received sterility testing results.

Oct 23, 2012

Oct 23, 2012

Fungal meningitis outbreak cases top 300

(CIDRAP News) – Eleven more cases were reported in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections, including the first patient from Georgia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

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