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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

FDA warns of serious risks associated with epidural injections of corticosteroids

Injections of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may cause rare but serious side effects including vision loss, stroke, paralysis and death, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The injections are given to treat neck and back pain, and radiating pain in the arms and legs. However, the effectiveness and safety of epidural administration of corticosteroids has not been established and the FDA has not approved corticosteroids for this use. The agency is requiring warnings be placed on the safety labels of injectable corticosteroids to explain these risks to health care providers and patients. While the FDA ... 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

Bill requires more government oversight for larger compounding pharmacies

President Barack Obama signed into law new legislation that gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more regulatory control over compounding pharmacies. The move comes 15 months after authorities linked a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak to contaminated steroid shots manufactured and distributed by a Massachusetts-based specialty pharmacy. The new law does not give the FDA as much control over compounding pharmacies as the agency had hoped, but it does give FDA the authority to conduct on-site inspections of pharmacies that mass produce custom-mixed drugs for distribution across state lines. The FDA oversees drug companies that produce pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medicines. ... Read More

FDA approves Pfizer’s new hormone treatment for hot flashes, prevention of osteoporosis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Duavee, Pfizer’s new hormone treatment for menopause-related hot flashes in women who have not had a hysterectomy, and to prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. Duavee is the first FDA-approved drug that combines a mixture of estrogens with another compound, bazedoxifene, which acts like estrogen to protect bone density. The FDA rejected bazedoxifene as an osteoporosis treatment in 2009 after numerous delays based on concerns that the drug could increase the risk for strokes and blood clots. Duavee enters a profitable market that already includes Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co.’s Brisdelle and Eli Lilly & ... Read More

Fungal meningitis victim suffers re-occurrence, raises new concerns for health officials

The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak stemming from contaminated steroid shots made by a compounding pharmacy continues to wreak havoc on its victims. Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville announced that a patient was admitted last week after suffering a re-occurrence of fungal infection. New England Compounding Center (NECC) had distributed about 18,000 contaminated steroid shots to medical centers across the country between late May and late September 2012. The shots are commonly used to treat neck, back or joint pain. An estimated 14,000 people received the injections before the drugs were recalled. Since then, at least 750 people have been sickened and ... Read More

Another compounding pharmacy recalls all products due to sterility issues

All sterile products made by Beacon Hill Medical Pharmacy d/b/a Rxtra Solutions, a compounding pharmacy in Southfield, Mich., have been recalled because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised questions about the sterility of the products. Microbial contamination of products that are intended to be sterile can cause serious infections that can be life threatening. To date, there have been no reports made to Beacon Hill of any adverse reactions related to the recall, nor has any evidence of contamination been found in the recalled products or any products previously prepared by the pharmacy. The recall affects more than ... 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

Victims of fungal meningitis outbreak deserve compensation for their pain and suffering

The days when Brian Kennedy can rate his pain as an 8 out of 10 are “good days,” but most often it feels more like a 9 or 10 even with the potent painkiller oxycodone in his system. Kennedy is one of the 741 people across the country who developed a fungal infection after receiving a steroid shot that was contaminated at the compounding pharmacy where it was manufactured. Kennedy’s infection attacked the membrane of his spinal cord and brain, causing meningitis. He had to endure heavy doses of antibiotics that were just as sickening as the infection itself, causing ... Read More

Compounding pharmacy recalls products due to mold contamination

Med Prep Consulting, Inc., a compounding pharmacy based in Tinton Falls, NJ, is recalling all products after mold was discovered floating in plastic infusion bags. The mold was discovered in five bags of magnesium sulfate 2GM in Dextrose 5% in water, 50ml for injection, a product used for magnesium electrolyte replacement. If an intravenous product found to contain mold is injected into a patient, it could have deadly results. In an abundance of caution, Med Prep Consulting has recalled all products compounded by the pharmacy due to lack of sterility assurance. The affected products are administered for a wide range ... Read More