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Former NECC pharmacist arrested on criminal charges stemming from fungal meningitis outbreak

A man was arrested last week as part of an ongoing investigation into the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy by the Justice Department’s Civil Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Glenn Adam Chin was attempting to board a plane to Hong Kong when federal authorities arrested him on one count of mail fraud. According to the Department of Justice, the maximum sentence under the statute is 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection ... 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

Potentially contaminated steroid shots from Tenn. pharmacy distributed to 13 states

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 ... Read More

Alabama investigates adverse reactions to steroid shots for back, joint pain

A clinic in Alabama received and possibly administered a steroid injection manufactured by Main Street Pharmacy of Newbern, Tenn., that has been tied to complications, including at least one fungal infection. The injection, a formulation of methylprednisolone acetate (MPA), is used to treat back, neck and joint pain, and is the same type of steroid shot that a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy manufactured that was tied to more than 741 fungal infections including fungal meningitis, and 55 deaths. Main Street has since ordered a recall of all its sterile products following an inspection of its site. The inspection was initiated after ... 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

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

Infections caused by contaminated steroid shots continue to baffle experts

It has been two months since news of a deadly multistate fungal infection outbreak caused by steroid shots made by a compounding pharmacy first made headlines. Since then, 541 people have been infected and 36 people have died. Investigators say that while the death toll may be holding steady, it is hard to say when the 14,000 people exposed to the contaminated shots can consider themselves in the clear. All patients who have been infected received injections of a preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) from three lots manufactured by New England Compounding Center, or NECC. The shots are commonly injected into ... Read More

Number of infected still rising despite reaching end of assumed incubation period

Nine more people have developed fungal meningitis within the past 24 hours after receiving contaminated steroid shots manufactured at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, bringing the number of infected in the multistate outbreak to 386. Of those infected, 377 have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis, stroke due to presumed fungal meningitis, or other central nervous system-related infection; and nine have fungal infections in joints. Twenty-eight people have died. On September 26, 2012, New England Compounding Center issued a recall of three lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA), a steroid commonly used to treat back or joint pain. Tests on the recalled ... Read More