Seven people in Illinois and North Carolina have developed “adverse effects” after receiving steroid shots from a Tennessee compounding pharmacy. The injections, used to treat neck, back or joint pain, are the same drugs as those compounded by New England Compounding Center (NECC) that were identified as the culprit in the multistate fungal meningitis outbreak that – to date – has killed 58 people and sickened 745 with fungal infections including fungal meningitis. The facility where the shots were manufactured was later found a sterility risk.
Main Street Family Pharmacy, located in Newbern, Tenn., distributed the injections of methylprednisolone acetate, or MPA, to medical facilities in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner said there was no indication that this latest concern “approaches the severity” of the NECC outbreak. Adverse events reported by patients who received steroid shots from the Main Street Pharmacy include localized infections including skin abscesses at the injection site. No reports of meningitis, life threatening illnesses or hospitalizations have been reported thus far.
As for the NECC fungal meningitis outbreak, the numbers of infected and dead continue to climb even though the company’s shots were pulled from the market last September.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working closely with Tennessee authorities to thoroughly review the sterility practices at Main Street Pharmacy.
Source: Third Age