Total Meningitis Cases Climbs to 363

The CDC reported the death toll from the contaminated epidural meningitis outbreak has risen to 28 people as of October 30, 2012.  The number of fungal meningitis cases reported across the USA has risen to 363.  Nineteen of the 23 states that received shipments have reported cases with Michigan and Tennessee being the hardest hit. [...]

October 30th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Monster Energy Drinks: A “Killer” Energy Brew?

The FDA is investigating Monster Energy Drinks after receiving reports that it is linked to five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack.  The energy drink, which comes in a 24 oz. can, contains 240 mgs. of caffeine which is 7 times  the amount of caffeine in a 12 oz. cola.  It has been linked to [...]

October 24th, 2012|General Interest|0 Comments

NECC Shipped Steroids BEFORE It Had Sterility Results

One of the procedures to be followed by NECC was to ensure that its products passed sterility tests before they were shipped.  According to Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in at least one case, NECC shipped methylprednisolone acetate, the steroid linked to the meningitis outbreak, 11 days before obtaining sterility [...]

October 24th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1279 Clinics Used Contaminated Steroids from NECC

As of October 23, 2012 the death toll from the bacterial meningitis outbreak linked to the New England Compounding Company’s steroid treatment  has risen to 23 in sixteen states and people with bacterial fungal meningitis has risen to 297. On October 22, 2012 the FDA issued a list of all clinics that received drugs, 1279 [...]

October 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FDA Links Contaminated Steroids Meningitis to two other NECC drugs.

As of October 16, 2012 the contaminated steroid catastrophe had claimed 19 lives and sickened 247 people in 15 states. The FDA has now linked two other medicines to this outbreak, a steroid shot and a heart surgery drug, all of which were made at the New England Compounding Center. According to the FDA  “Also [...]

October 17th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The FDA Had No Authority to Regulate the Pharmacy that Produced the Contaminated Steroids

Many now know of the dangerous outbreak of fungal meningitis from contaminated steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) and are asking why this happened.  The answer is not so simple. As a compounding pharmacy, NECC mixes drugs at their location to provide specially ordered combinations of drugs.  Compounding pharmacies also can make a [...]

October 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four California Clinics Identified as Receiving Contaminated Steroids

More information has become available about clinics in California that may be involved in the meningitis outbreak. The Ukiah Valley Medical Center, Sequoia Surgery Center in Visalia, Encino Outpatient Surgical Center, and Universal Pain Management in Palmdale have been identified as clinics where contaminated steroids were shipped. The clinics have alerted hundreds of patients that they [...]

October 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Contaminated Steroid Injections Lead to Meningitis

Contaminated steroid injections from the New England Compounding Company have claimed the lives of eight people and injured scores more who have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis.  The injections were given between July 2012 and September 2012. 17,676 potentially tainted injections called methylprednisolone acetate, were shipped from NECC to 75 clinics in 23 States and [...]

October 8th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments