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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

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

Adverse events tied to steroid shots made by Tenn. compounding pharmacy

Seven cases of adverse events, including at least one involving a fungus, connected to steroid injections manufactured by a Tennessee compounding pharmacy have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy. The FDA is recommending that health care providers not administer any products labeled as sterile from Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tenn., and to quarantine them until further guidance is provided. All reported adverse events occurred in patients who had received preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80 mg/mL) by injection, the same type of steroid shot made by New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC) that ... 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

CDC, FDA lab tests on contaminated steroid shots strengthen link to fungal meningitis outbreak

Laboratory tests results on unopened vials of steroid shots made by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy strengthen the link between the steroid injections and the deadly multistate fungal meningitis outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced late Wednesday. Scientists with the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested unopened vials of the three recalled lots preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA). Two batches of the steroid tested positive for the black mold Exserohilum rostratum. This fungus is the same genus and species as the one found in laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection. Scientists also identified in the vials ... Read More