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Steroid injections in hip may damage bone in osteoarthritis patients

Osteonecrosis (the lack of bone tissue due to lack of blood supply) and bone collapse is much greater in patients with osteoarthritis who receive steroid or anesthetic injections in their hip rather than their shoulder, according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that causes joint pain and stiffness. Steroid or anesthetic injections are often given to patients with osteoarthritis to control inflammation in order to ease join pain. The injections are administered directly into the joint that is in pain, according to the Arthritis ... Read More

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

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

Steroids used to prevent premature birth may cause behavior problems in children

Steroid injections given to prevent premature delivery in pregnant women at risk for early labor may put the baby at risk for behavioral and emotional problems later in life, a new study suggests. Pregnant women at risk for premature birth are routinely given an infusion of glucocorticoids, a steroid that mimics the natural hormone cortisol. The drug is designed to help the baby’s lungs develop. However, new research shows that high levels of glucocorticoids may have a long-term adverse effect on the brain’s development. Previous studies have already made a connection between stress during pregnancy and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in ... 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

CDC issues health alert about spinal, paraspinal infections from tainted steroid shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that health care professionals consider obtaining an MRI with contrast of the injection site in patients who received steroid shots from recalled lots tied to the deadly multistate fungal meningitis outbreak who also have persistent pain – even if it is consistent with pain they were experiencing before receiving the shots. The reason, the CDC said in a health alert issued this week, is that the patient may be suffering from spinal or paraspinal infections that are subtle and difficult to distinguish from the patient’s baseline chronic pain. The recommendation ... Read More

Fungal meningitis outbreak could have been much worse if not for fast-acting health officials

Dr. Rachel Smith was immediately concerned when she got a call last September from the Tennessee Department of Public Health informing her that a patient at a pain clinic there had a very rare type of fungal meningitis. A fungal diseases expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Smith first speculated that the infection might be caused by unsterile needles at the clinic where the patient was treated. Investigators quickly deduced that the source of the contamination was steroid shots given for back or neck pain. It was the first clue Smith had that a national emergency ... Read More

Three more dead, 16 more infected in multistate fungal meningitis outbreak

Three more people have died and another 16 have been diagnosed with rare fungal meningitis in the past 24 hours from contaminated steroid shots made by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. To date, 356 people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis, stroke due to presumed fungal meningitis, or a similar central nervous system infection after receiving the steroid injections. Another seven people have been diagnosed with peripheral joint infections after receiving the shots. Twenty-eight people have died. The tainted shots came from three batches made by New England Compounding Center (NECC). Nearly ... Read More

Fungal meningitis outbreak prompts health officials to take closer look at compounding pharmacies

The multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections compounded by a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy continues to spread, with 354 infections and 25 deaths across 19 states, and has prompted health officials to question safety practices at other compounding pharmacies. Massachusetts health officials reported finding “significant issues” at Infusion Resource in Waltham, Mass., another specialty pharmacy that mixes sterile injectable medications. And Florida officials have suspended the license of Rejuvi Pharmaceuticals in Boca Raton, Fla., after a routine inspection found several violations. No products from either pharmacy has been associated with reports of adverse events. The pharmacies have been cited ... Read More

Man who lost wife to fungal meningitis is now treated for same infection

Just days after George Cary buried his wife, one of the 24 fatalities connected to the multistate fungal meningitis outbreak, he underwent a painful spinal tap to see if he had the same infection. Doctors reassured him his tests came back negative for the fungus. But Friday, he developed a severe headache, and is now hospitalized and being treated with antifungal medications. Cary and his wife are among the more than 300 people who became sick after receiving steroid injections that were contaminated with a fungus. The steroid shots, commonly used for back pain, were made by New England Compounding ... Read More