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Author Topic: Fungal Meningitis through prednisone from compounded pharmacy  (Read 4538 times)
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« on: October 05, 2012, 02:03:09 PM »

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm322735.htm

This has been in the news for the last couple of days.  The methylprednisolone acetate is in injection form and the vials were prepared by a compounding pharmacy. 

http://emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00327.asp

As of now, there are over 40 people ill and 5 have died.
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2012, 02:33:16 PM »

This is just awful. Since the compounding pharm. is in Massachusetts, the Boston news stations have been giving this story a lot of coverage every night. Now I think all of the products coming out of that place are stopped and it is shut down except for the FDA officials and the ongoing  investigation.
I think of all the many, many times DH has had pain shots in his back, and other areas. Yipes!

The victims of this badly made medicine are in my thoughts and prayers.
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2012, 03:09:32 PM »

A couple years back, my DH had these injections, too. What a terrible situation! Thoughts and prayers going out for all affected by this.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2012, 07:52:56 AM »

http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html

Here is a map, with a list of medical facilities that received lots of the injection that have been recalled.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2012, 03:47:59 PM »

Thank you ! I was freaking out because I just got a shot in my Punkin arm. I'm safe so far  Smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2012, 04:20:43 PM »

That's good news, lesliek!  I hope there won't be any more facilities added to the list.
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2012, 04:22:08 PM »

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm322901.htm

The recall from the compounding pharmacy has been expanded to include other drugs which are being recalled as a precautionary measure.  The list is at the link.  No illnesses have been reported from the medications on the additional list.
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2012, 10:05:43 PM »

Thank you ! I was freaking out because I just got a shot in my Punkin arm. I'm safe so far  Smiley.

Leslie,
You shouldn't have any reason to worry anyway. Apparently, the danger with these shots was that they were done in the spine, which meant the fungus had a free path straight to the brain.  This is a fungus that is only dangerous under specific circumstances.  A shot in the arm should be okay.  Of course, it is only very wise to recall any drug that was produced at this compounding pharmacy to not take any chances of further illness.
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2012, 05:51:08 AM »

I saw that too, was just worried anyway. The way this bite has gone anything that could wrong has  Sad. Knowing I got it in the arm & it wasn't recalled gives me more confidence. My brothers Dr tried to get him to take shots 2 weeks ago, in the spine. Luckily he waited to research it.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2012, 04:20:31 PM »

The number of cases of the fungal meningitis has now risen to 105, with 8 deaths. Cry
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2012, 03:04:40 PM »

I just heard the death toll now at 14...also heard someone who did not get the shot in the spine but in the ankle or leg- is also ill.
Over 13,000 people could be affected, in many pain clinics and many states.. but none of the stuff was known to be used in Massachusetts where it was made-so far ??Also there is a further investigation as to they were breaking the  existing laws that already require compounded-meds made patient-specific] - and not made in big batches like they were doing, and then shipped out to clinics and patients unknown to the pharmacy. My suspicious mind thinks they didn't sell in MA because they would run into more regulations???...No preservatives in the killer med either-which made for a perfect medium for growing aspergillus and at least one other mold.
Big red flags, tragedy worse is that nobody caught this until people died.
Plus the pharmacy owners had a previous problem with a complaint with another similar company they own..both places are now closed for the investigations anyhow. I hope if the people who ran NECC are proven to have knowingly cut corners and evade regulators, that they do jail time.
Sorry for ranting,... horrible situation
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2012, 04:15:08 PM »

I agree, Meowli.  I also noted the absence of some states from the list, and wondered about stronger regulations there. (I specifically noted that Wisconsin, where I live and which I know has stronger regulations for pharmaceuticals, so far is not on the list of where they sent meds.)

This just defies logic.  A sterile preparation, of all things, should not be made in conditions where this kind of contamination can occur!
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« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2012, 01:46:36 PM »

Now other products from this pharmacy have been identified as fungally contaminated, including (probably) a medication given to heart transplant patients, and another type of steroid injection, triamcinolone:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/15/health/meningitis-outbreak-duplicate-2/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

And the number of cases of infection has risen to 214, including some fungal infections in joints that were injected, not just the fungal meningitis from the spinal injections.

This gets more appalling every day.
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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2012, 05:21:28 PM »

http://www.neccrx.com/List_of_all_products_manufactured_since_January_2012.pdf

This is a 71 page list of everything this pharmacy produced since the beginning of 2012.
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« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2012, 01:47:28 PM »

Today the parent company of this pharmacy, Ameridose, also recalled all its products for possible sterility issues.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm326349.htm

October 31, 2012 - Ameridose today announced it will commence a voluntary recall of any unexpired products remaining in circulation. This action is voluntary, and represents an expansion of our cooperation with the U.S.Food and Drug Administration and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.

Products from Ameridose can be identified by markings that indicate Ameridose by name or by its company logo. A complete list of all products subject to this recall can be accessed on-line at www.ameridose.com1.  Product was distributed nationwide to healthcare facilities.

http://cdn-ecomm.dreamingcode.com/public/195/documents/Version-20121031152001-Documents-195-1704-1.pdf

This is the link to the 53 page PDF file of all the company's  (Ameridose) now-recalled products.
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