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First Blue Bell lawsuit filed after listeria-related illness

Blue Bell has now been confronted by its first recall-related lawsuit, alleging the company’s products caused one ex-Houston, Texas, resident to contract listeria-related meningitis while working at a retirement complex. According to the Blue Bell lawsuit, David Philip Shockley was employed as the associate executive director of nursing at the retirement community, Eagle’s Trace. While on the job in October 2013, Shockley ate Blue Bell ice cream purchased by his superiors. Not long after consuming the Blue Bell products, Shockley called 911 for assistance, but was diagnosed with migraine and sent home. Shockley then collapsed alone at his home just hours ... Read More

Medtronic recalls drainage and monitoring system due to potentially dangerous defect

Medtronic is recalling its Duet External Drainage and Monitoring System, a device that externally drains and monitors cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and monitors intracranial pressure (ICP), because the patient tubing line may separate from the patient line connectors. This is more likely to occur during frequent handling, such as when injections or sampling is needed. This defect could cause air in the skull, a condition known as pneumocephalus; infections such as meningitis, ventriculitis, or encephalitis; and over or under drainage of the cerebrospinal fluid that could lead to serious adverse health consequences, including death. To date, there have been no reports ... 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

All sterile products from compounding pharmacy recalled due to sterility concerns

Green Valley Drugs, a compounding pharmacy based in Henderson, Nevada, is recalling all lots of sterile products compounded, repackaged and distributed by the pharmacy due to lack of sterility assurance and concerns with the company’s quality control processes. The recall is one of several involving all sterile products from compounding pharmacies across the country triggered by the deadly meningitis outbreak traced back to contaminated steroid shots made by a compounding pharmacy. The products affected by the most recent recall were distributed nationwide and include more than 660 lots of various drugs. Products may contain acetylcysteine, ascorbic acid, betamethasone, bupivacaine, cyanocobalamin, ... 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

Whistleblower warned pharmacy blamed for meningitis outbreak of potential for patient harm

CBS News program 60-Minutes will take on the deadly multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak this Sunday, and will feature an interview with a whistleblower who worked inside New England Compounding Center (NECC), the compounding pharmacy blamed for distributing more than 18,000 contaminated steroid shots. Lab Tech Joe Connelly told 60-minutes that the pharmacy was supposed to be a low-volume manufacturer and distributor of vials of methylprednisolone acetate (MPA), a steroid cocktail commonly used to treat back, neck and joint pain. However, the company seemingly overnight began mass-producing the shots, distributing them across state lines. Connelly says he warned his supervisor that by ... Read More

CDC urges doctors to remain vigilant for fungal infections in patients who received tainted steroid shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care professionals to use continued vigilance for fungal infections among patients who received contaminated steroid shots from New England Compounding Center (NECC). The CDC continues to receive new reports of fungal infection among patients who were given injections of contaminated methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) from NECC. The fungal infections are part of the deadly multistate fungal meningitis outbreak that, to date, has killed 48 people and sickened at least 720 with meningitis, spinal infections, strokes and peripheral joint infections. All patients received steroid shots for back or joint pain that ... Read More

Infections, death toll continues to rise in multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak

Thirty more infections and two more deaths have been counted in the multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid shots commonly used to treat back pain. To date, 620 fungal infections have been reported, ranging from meningitis, stroke, paraspinal or spinal infections, and peripheral joint infections. The death toll has climbed to 39. All patients who have been infected received steroid shots made by New England Compounding Center (NECC). Around 18,000 of the contaminated shots were distributed to medical facilities in 23 states beginning in late May, and an estimated 14,000 people received injections before they were recalled in ... Read More

50-plus lawsuits filed against New England pharmacy at center of fungal meningitis outbreak

At least 50 federal lawsuits in nine states have been filed against the compounding pharmacy responsible for mixing and distributing contaminated steroid shots that infected nearly 600 people and killed 37 with various fungal infections including meningitis. The lawsuits allege that New England Compounding Center (NECC) negligently produced a defective and dangerous product, and they are seeking millions of dollars to repay families for the death of spouses, long and painful recoveries for survivors, lost wages, and emotional and mental suffering. About 18,000 tainted shots were distributed to medical facilities in 26 states beginning in late May until the shots ... Read More

CDC reports more infections, deaths from multistate fungal infection outbreak

Nearly 600 people have become infected by a fungus from contaminated steroid shots made by a compounding pharmacy, and 37 have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has been updating the number of people infected on a weekly basis, and is reporting 49 new cases of infection and one additional death since last Monday. Everyone infected received at least one injection from thee lots of a preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA), a steroid shot that is commonly injected into the spinal cord to relieve back or neck pain, or into joints such as the ... Read More