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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

Antibiotic-resistant salmonella in Foster Farms chicken worries health officials

An outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 300 people in 18 states has public health officials investigating the sources of contamination worried that the particular strain of bacteria is extremely antibiotic-resistant. The massive outbreak is linked to raw chicken from Foster Farms facilities in California and is the second major salmonella outbreak this year traced to the company. Earlier this year, at least 134 people in 13 states were sickened by Foster Farms poultry. Thirty-three of those people required hospitalization to treat the illness. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitalization rates are more than ... Read More

Government shutdown puts Americans’ health, safety at risk

Efforts by federal officials to quell a salmonella outbreak traced to raw chicken products that has sickened nearly 300 people and hospitalized dozens in 18 states have been dramatically slowed due to the government shutdown. The foodborne illness investigation is just one example of how the Congressional stalemate that has halted nonessential federal operations is putting Americans’ health and safety at risk. Only a handful of scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were working on outbreak detection, which severely hampered the organization’s ability to manage the situation. This week the CDC announced it would have to ... Read More

CDC: Taylor Farms produce not linked to infections in Texas

Many consumers must have let out a huge sigh of relief when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had identified lettuce and salad components from a Mexico producer as the source of an outbreak of a diarrhea-causing parasite. However, the FDA said only the food poisonings in Iowa and Nebraska were linked to the Taylor Farms of Mexico facility and it was possible that similar illnesses in other states could have been caused by another source. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the gastrointestinal illnesses affecting at least 258 people in Texas ... Read More

Compounding pharmacy issues recall of prescription vitamin products

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection of a compounding pharmacy laboratory has resulted in a recall of B12 and neonatal vitamins to the consumer level. Park Pharmacy & Compounding Center is recalling two lots of Methylocobalamin (5mg/ml 30ml Amber Vials Lot #06132013@1 Exp: 12/10/2013) and Multitrace-5 Concentrate (10ml Amber Vials Lot #05212013@20 Exp: 11/17/2013 for injection) after FDA inspectors observed methods used by the laboratory to assess the sterility of the products may have resulted in pharmacies receiving inaccurate laboratory test results. The agency is concerned that the results obtained from the laboratory are not reliable. The prescription preparations ... Read More

Production halted at farm that distributed tainted salad mix

The Mexico processing plant that sold salad mix contaminated with a parasite that sickened hundreds of people in the United States has voluntarily suspended production to assist federal authorities in their investigation into the outbreak. Taylor Farms de Mexico, the Mexican branch of Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms has halted production and shipping of salad mix, lettuce and other salad mix components until it receives a nod from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The delay could last several weeks or months as investigators test the company’s irrigation system used on the produce. The parasite is known as cyclospora and is spread when people ... Read More

Bacterial infections linked to drugs made by Texas compounding pharmacy

At least 15 people have fallen ill with bacterial infections after receiving intravenous infusions of a drug manufactured by Specialty Compounding pharmacy in Cedar Park, Texas. As a precaution, the pharmacy is recalling all sterile products that have been dispensed since May 9, 2013. All the patients received calcium gluconate infusions and later developed infections caused by Rhodococcus bacteria. The infection can cause fever and pain. Calcium gluconate is a drug used to treat patients with calcium deficiencies and those with excessive potassium in their blood. The affected patients received the injections at one of two Texas hospitals – Corpus Christi ... Read More

Diarrhea-causing parasite linked to salad mix sold to restaurants

The outbreak of a diarrhea-inducing parasite that has sickened at least 400 people in 16 states has been traced to prepackaged salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. The salad mix was produced by the Mexican subsidiary of Taylor Farms, an American food service company, and sold to the restaurants in various states. The salad mix contained iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. FDA investigators are working with the company to conduct an environmental assessment of the processing facility in Mexico to determine the cause of the parasite. ... Read More

Health officials eye Oregon berry mixture as source of Hepatitis A outbreak

Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses in several states they believe may be stemming from Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, a mixture of frozen organic berries from an Oregon producer. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , 11 patients out of 17 interviewed so far remember eating Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend berries made by Townsend Farms of Fairview, Oregon. FDA and CDC officials are inspecting the producer’s facilities and testing berries processed there for the presence of Hepatitis A. So ... 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