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 as a result of the ongoing investigation of NECC, a patient with possible meningitis potentially associated with epidural injection of an additional NECC product, triamcinolone acetonide, has been identified through active surveillance and reported to FDA. Triamcinolone acetonide is a type of steroid injectable product made by NECC. The cases of meningitis identified to date have been associated with methylprednisolone acetate, another similar steroid injectable product.
In addition, one transplant patient with Aspergillus fumigatus infection who was administered NECC cardioplegic solution during surgery has been reported. An investigation of this patient is ongoing; and there may be other explanations for their Aspergillus infection. Cardioplegic solution is used to induce cardiac muscle paralysis during open heart surgery to prevent injury to the heart.*
The FDA is looking at all drugs made by NECC and advised health care providers not to use any NECC drugs.
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