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Nearly 750,000 Gardasil vaccines recalled due to possible contamination

Hundreds of thousands of Gardasil vaccines are being recalled because they may be contaminated with little bits of glass, according to a statement released by Merck & Co. While no injuries have been reported, if administered, the contaminated vaccines may cause health complications such as a reaction at the injection site. Nearly 750,000 vaccines are involved in the recall, however Merck says only about 10 vials may have been affected. The problem stems from a breakdown in production. The affected vaccines were distributed in the United States and Puerto Rico between Aug. 20, 2013 and Oct. 9, 2013. Nearly half of the ... Read More

Medical bills mount for victims of fungal meningitis outbreak

Amarjit Deol, 61, sorts through a pile of medical bills, which has been growing since she returned home from a seven-week stay at Saint Thomas Hospital where she was treated for a rare fungal meningitis. On top of more than $66,000 in hospital and doctors’ bills, she also owes for an MRI that her doctors ordered to determine if she had a lingering spinal infection from the tainted steroid shot that made her so sick. Medicare says it will not pay for the test because she has exceeded her limit on those services. Deol is one of more than 700 ... Read More

Symptoms of fungal meningitis linked to outbreak can be mild or appear suddenly

News of infections and deaths linked to contaminated steroid shots commonly used to treat back pain put Walter Ward on edge. The 78-year-old Ocala, Fla., man had received an epidural steroid shot in August and worried he might be infected. His worry escalated when he received a letter from the Florida Department of Public Health saying he had received a shot from a suspect batch. His family, however, tried to put his mind at ease. He wasn’t experiencing any symptoms. But Monday night Walter developed a headache that got increasingly worse. “Maybe five minutes later he said, ‘I’m in trouble’ ... Read More

Number of fungal meningitis cases continues to climb, death toll holds steady at 23

The number of cases of fungal infections linked to contaminated steroid injections has climbed to 308, and the death toll holds at 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The total number of infections includes 304 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke due to presumed fungal meningitis, or other central nervous system-related infection meeting the outbreak case definition. The four other cases are peripheral joint infections (such as knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, etc.). No deaths have been associated with peripheral joint infections. Case definitions include any person who received a methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) injection, or a custom ... Read More

Alabama residents exposed to meningitis-contaminated steroid shots

Thirteen Alabama residents were injected with the tainted steroid that has been linked to the country’s deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, says Alabama Department of Public Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson. Six received the medication in Tennessee, and seven got the shot in Florida. If those residents develop the life threatening infection, they will be included in the cases from those states. Earlier this month health officials began investigating cases of rare fungal meningitis in Tennessee. All patients had received a steroid injection commonly used to treat back pain. The pain shots were traced back to New England Compounding Center, a ... Read More

Nine dead, more than 100 infected by tainted steroids for back pain

It took more than a month for doctors to diagnose 67-year-old Lilian Cary with fungal meningitis and begin treatment. The Michigan woman was responding to the medication, and her fever had broken, but her frail body ultimately lost its battle with the infection. A week later she was dead. It was a staggering loss for her husband, George. But the bad news kept coming. Just days after his wife died he was told that Lilian’s death was linked to a batch of contaminated steroid injections she had received at a clinic that regularly treated her back pain. And, the doctor ... Read More

Canada expands recall of E.Coli-contaminated beef products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) expanded a nationwide recall on beef Monday over fears that more products may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria than originally thought. Last week, the agency temporarily suspended the operating license of Alberta-based meatpacking company XL Foods, the largest Canadian meat processing company, effectively shutting down its operations until the source of the bacterial contamination could be found and eliminated. The Canadian recall now encompasses more than 300 beef products, including steaks, roasts, ground beef, and sausage sold in a various outlets under various brand names and no-name brands. According to the Associated Press, ... Read More

Health officials blame Indiana cantaloupes for deadly salmonella outbreak

Federal health authorities are warning consumers to avoid eating cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 200 people in 21 states was traced to a farm in that area. Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified Chamberlain Farms in Owensville, Indiana as the source for the latest salmonella outbreak, which the health agency blames for sickening 178 people since early July. At least 62 of those people were hospitalized and two have died as a result of their illness. Investigators haven’t ruled out other possible sources of the contamination, ... Read More

Tainted lots of heparin recalled

Certain lots of the blood thinner heparin are being recalled because testing revealed that the drug is contaminated with trace amounts of oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS). The recall includes seven lots of Heparin Sodium USP Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) sold to B. Braun Medical Inc. that were manufactured in 2008 and expire on October 31, 2010 and November 30, 2010. Heparin is a widely used blood thinner used to treat and prevent blood clots. In March 2008, major recalls of heparin were announced due to severe adverse reactions and deaths from lots manufactured in a China facility that a Food ... Read More