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Medical marijuana rife with bacteria, fungi

Consuming medical marijuana in baked goods may be a safer bet than inhaling aerosolized versions of the weed, especially for cancer patients with compromised immune systems, according to a team of researchers from the University of California at Davis. Medical marijuana is just beginning to find favor as a medical treatment to ease nausea and pain. But a new study published in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection suggests the botanical may be rife with infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose life-threatening risks. The issue was identified after a patient using aerosolized marijuana to treat symptoms from chemotherapy and stem ... Read More

Fungus found in ‘cleanrooms’ of New York compounding pharmacy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped Upstate New York-based Fallon Wellness Pharmacy LLC, with a warning letter for not taking action when airs samples taken by FDA inspectors over several dates in one of the company’s so-called cleanrooms tested positive for fungus. The agency inspected the facility in March 2015 and also cited equipment in sterile rooms, such as supply bins and tape dispensers that have no business being in sterile operations. Employees were also seen wearing non-sterile eye coverings, non-sterile hair bonnets, and non-sterile undergarments worn outside prior to entering the sterile environment. The agency said the violations ... Read More

Maker of tainted steroid shots reaches settlement agreement in meningitis outbreak case

Patients and their families harmed or killed by contaminated steroid injections made by New England Compounding Center (NECC) could start receiving compensation next year now that a $100-million multidistrict litigation (MDL) settlement has been reached between the plaintiffs and trustees of the now-bankrupt company. Tuesday’s settlement agreement came as welcome news to dozens of plaintiffs whose lives were marred by a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak traced to NECC injections that killed 64 people in 20 states and injured 750 others. “There are hundreds of victims and their families feeling some relief today, even though grief for many is still fresh,” ... Read More

NECC agrees to pay more than $100 million to compensate victims of fungal meningitis outbreak

The owners and insurers of the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a deadly, multistate fungal meningitis outbreak have agreed to pay more than $100 million to settle lawsuits and compensate victims, families of victims and creditors. At least 751 people were sickened and 64 died after receiving contaminated steroid injections manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC). About 18,000 tainted shots were distributed to medical facilities in 23 states, and an estimated 14,000 people were exposed to the fungus after receiving the shots commonly used to treat back, neck and joint pain. Hundreds of patients developed fungal infections, including meningitis. ... Read More

Compounding pharmacy’s insurance company claims it does not owe victims of fungal meningitis outbreak

The insurance company for Ameridose, the parent company of the compounding pharmacy blamed for producing and distributing contaminated steroid shots that led to a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak, is asking a federal judge to declare that a $5 million insurance policy cannot be used to pay victims’ claims. The outbreak sickened at least 750 people with fungal infections including fungal meningitis, and killed 64. Treatment for the infections involve months of antifungal medication with grueling side effects. One patient who had recovered from a related infection has suffered a relapse, sending a wave of unrest to those who assumed they ... Read More

FDA warns that nasal spray from The Compounding Shop may be contaminated with fungus

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning patients and health care providers that budesonide solution, used for nasal irrigation, from The Compounding Shop of St. Petersburg, Fla., may be contaminated and should not be used or administered to patients. Visible, white floating material was observed in a 1000mL bottle of the nasal spray and was later identified as a fungus. The FDA is concerned that other budesonide solution products from The Compounding Shop may be contaminated. Budesonide solution is labeled “for inhalation only.” Oral inhalation products, such as budesonide solution, are required to be sterile. Contaminated drug products, whether ... Read More

Fungus-contaminated steroid shots likely the cause of strokes in at least three patients

The contaminated steroid shots made and distributed by a compounding pharmacy caused fungal meningitis and fungal infections in at least 749 people, killing 61. But at least three people also suffered strokes that researchers say were likely caused by the fungus, according to a paper published in the journal JAMA Neurology. Autopsy reports from two people who died after receiving the steroid shots and tests performed on a surviving patient showed that fungal infections were likely the cause of blocked, or ischemic, blood vessels which resulted in strokes. All three patients, who were all in their 70s, were admitted to ... Read More

FDA identifies fungus, bacteria in steroid shots made by Tenn. pharmacy

Federal investigators have identified bacterial and fungal growth in two unopened steroid injections used by medical facilities to treat back or joint pain, manufactured by Main Street Family Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn. The vials of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) are the same type of compound that has sickened at least 745 people with fungal infections including fungal meningitis, and killed 58. Those injections were compounded by New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts-based pharmacy. To date, seven infections, none of which appear to be meningitis, but no deaths have been reported in patients who received the Main Street ... Read More

Adverse events tied to steroid shots made by Tenn. compounding pharmacy

Seven cases of adverse events, including at least one involving a fungus, connected to steroid injections manufactured by a Tennessee compounding pharmacy have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy. The FDA is recommending that health care providers not administer any products labeled as sterile from Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tenn., and to quarantine them until further guidance is provided. All reported adverse events occurred in patients who had received preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80 mg/mL) by injection, the same type of steroid shot made by New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC) that ... Read More

Medical bills mount for victims of fungal meningitis outbreak

Amarjit Deol, 61, sorts through a pile of medical bills, which has been growing since she returned home from a seven-week stay at Saint Thomas Hospital where she was treated for a rare fungal meningitis. On top of more than $66,000 in hospital and doctors’ bills, she also owes for an MRI that her doctors ordered to determine if she had a lingering spinal infection from the tainted steroid shot that made her so sick. Medicare says it will not pay for the test because she has exceeded her limit on those services. Deol is one of more than 700 ... Read More