October 8th, 2012
01:15 PM ET

Eighth death reported in meningitis outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control said Monday that the number of people infected with meningitis related to steroid injections has gone from 91 to 105. The death toll has risen from seven to eight.

Patients in nine states contracted the deadly fungal meningitis after being injected in their spine with a preservative-free steroid called methylprednisolone acetate that was contaminated by a fungus. The steroid is used to treat pain and inflammation.

What is meningitis?

The New England Compounding Center (NECC), the Massachusetts-based pharmacy that made the contaminated injections, voluntarily recalled three lots of the injected steroid last week.

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  1. harish tekchandani

    We understood that all of the medical drugs had to be approved by FDA.
    Obviously – Not True.
    If this can be manufactured in Compound Pharmaceutical Place without FDA control and no place where it states that it was not under FDA control.
    Can we get a list of all drugs that do not require or have FDA inspection.
    None of our elected officials have said a word about this, are they too busy or they feel this is not something that they are concerned about – Our Safety

    October 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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      This was addressed in a previous article. Compound medications are not regulated by the FDA for some reason, but by the state. The states have not had the revenue lately to address all these issues due to tax cuts even in prosperous times. Maybe the laws should be federally imposed to level out discrepancies such as this on interstate issues?

      October 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Vance

      Good question but no really good answer. Drugs are produced in limited concentrations or forms that may not be applicable to an individual patient. Since you can't call a big company and "custom-order" a specific formulation, health care providers have to resort to compounding drugs for specific needs. Hospitals (at least the larger ones) have enough volume to stay proficient at this but not many local retail pharmacies (Walgreens, CVS, etc) even try. There isn't a really good way for a huge federal bureaurcracy to deal with this so it's left up to the states.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Also, in addition to un-answered questions, doses that are not readily available that need to be custom made are still supposed to be made specifically for each patient and per prescription. Sounds like the NECC pharmacy just made thousands of vials and sold them to the hospitals/clinics. Did the hospitals/clinics have prescriptions asking the pharmacy to compound individually for each of these patients ( since the drug is supposed to be custom made for each patient); or were they just purchased in bulk and used randomly. This is what it sounds like.

      October 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. harish tekchandani

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Sorry if this was addressed in another article, Rumpus headicus.

    October 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Dee

    what are the states in which the outbreaks have occurred?

    October 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. pfizer

    8 dead no.mo pain for them gonna get a lawyer force mandatory recall

    October 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Solar Energy Saves Lives

    Hey, just think.

    If republicans had their way, you'd be limited to a 250k lawsuit!

    But god forbid you download some copyrighted music or infringe on some patent, then the business could sue for hundreds of millions!

    And people still vote for these GOP goons.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. joshua

    The God of israel says incurable skin desease coming. means Jesus is coming soon prepare in Holiness Hebrew 12:14 & revelation 6:8. major earthquake coming to venezuela. prepare for Jesus walk away from sins.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. warren

    scary a medication you purchased gives you a disease!

    October 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. US OFFSRPING I.T. no future but in India or Iraq HILARIOUS :)

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    U.S. sports going the way of the gladiators?

    October 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. US OFFSPRING I.T. no future but in India or Iraq HILARIOUS :)

    do not worry they will learn English someday after the digital games teach them to work at burger king

    October 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Brenda

    It could likely be a terror attack medically speaking. How did this deadly fungus get in? 9 dead...

    October 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mary

    Odd that you come out of a hospital with MORE problems than when you went with, isn't it?

    October 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. banasy©

    I know quite a few people who have had these shots, including my husband and my mother...scary stuff!

    October 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Michelle

    Why is it that I seem to be the only one questioning the possibility of bioterrorism?? Meningitis is known to those who do a little research (We're all one click away..) to be a disease that is used by terrorists.. Hmm.. Something to at least think about..

    October 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Michelle

    Sorry Brenda.. I guess I'm not the only one thinking in these terms..

    October 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. the Mayor of the Internet

    This is a great thread. I like the part about the woodchucks.

    October 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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