Deadly Meningitis From Steroid Inject...

Deadly Meningitis From Steroid Injections

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Elizabethtown, KY

#1 Oct 5, 2012
People who got "steroid injections" (for back pain) may have been contaiminated with a "deadly fungal meningitis"! According to the article I read (Associated press), hundreds to thousands of people who got the shots (injections) between July & September could be at risk. "Officials revealed that the tainted steroid suspected to have caused a meningitis outbreak in the South had made its way to 75 Clinics in 23 States".
The article says 35 people in 6 states have contracted "Fungal meningitis". The CDC says," Five people have Died.And 'all' had received steroid shots for back pain which is a common treatment".
They do not know how many may have received tainted injections or whether or not everyone who got one will get sick. It can take from a few days to a month for symptoms to begin. Symptoms can include severe headache, nausea, dizziness, & fever. Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain & spinal cord.
The steroid in question is made at a compounding pharmacy in Mass.. "They have recalled 3 lots consisting of 17,675 single-dose vials of the steroid, preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate, Massachusetts health officials said".
It's interesting to me that the company has a pending complaint against it from this year that's related to potency of a medication used in eye surgery. The article I read also made note of 2 prior complaints that were resolved in 2006, one of them was for sterile compounding procedures. It was inspected & cleared by the State Dept. of public Health last year after it relocated its operations on the same site.

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