October 24th, 2012
03:06 PM ET

Meningitis linked to tainted steroids claims another life

The meningitis outbreak linked to a tainted steroid is to blame for another death - bringing the toll to 24, the CDC said today.

A total of 312 cases of fungal meningitis has now been confirmed.  There are also five cases of peripheral joint infections.  All are linked to steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center.

Follow CNN.com/health for more details on the outbreak.

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  1. banasy©

    Again, more strict guidelines and oversight of these compounding pharmacies is needed...they need to be under FDA control...and at the very LEAST basic hygiene protocols must be followed.
    I found out Monday that a co-workers son was scheduled for an injection, but it was delayed due to insurance problems...and the facility where he was to have the procedure done pulled that tainted supply before anyone was injected with it...phew!

    October 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name s kel

    The pharmacy company needs guidelines to be adheard too. Its called Govt regulation.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    More Government Regulations? Nonsense . The industry will regulate itself. These regulations will cost jobs (and profit). ....Where have I heard that before?

    October 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You probably heard it from a candidate that wants to get rid of the EPA...lol.
      That's the ticket.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    This is a nasty one! BUT, YES, we need regulation / oversight / control, ANYTIME it comes to something that can affect ALL of us! This company screwed up and as a result people are dying! Don't worry about loosing jobs, they will more than likely be sued out of business! Which would be OK. Send a message, a STRONG one, that you HAVE to police yourself or you WILL face the consequences! IF we have NO controls / oversight, then companies are going to cut corners to make more money which will result in WE the people getting stuff we shouldn't!

    October 25, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |