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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

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