Sunday, October 28, 2012
The New England Compounding Center (NECC) sent tainted steroids to clinics in Fridley, Edina, Maple Grove and Shakopee, sickening 9 Minnesotans in national outbreak.
"Greenish black foreign matter" and other signs of contamination at the Massachusetts pharmacy blamed in a fungal meningitis outbreak are documented in a report the U.S. Federal Drug Administration released Friday. Read the FDA's Form 483 on the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, MA above. Nine people in Minnesota have contracted fungal meningitis after receiving tainted steroid shots produced at NECC. Six Minnesota clinics administered the steroids: Medical Advanced Pain Specialists (MAPS) in Edina, Fridley, Shakopee and Maple Grove; and Minnesota Surgery Center (MSC) in Edina and Maple Grove. NECC also shipped other medicines that federal agencies have so far not implicated in the outbreak to more than 100 other clinics…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
One patient is in his 60s, the other in his 50s. The infection is tied to steroids used at clinics in Fridley, Edina, Shakopee and Maple Grove.
A Minnesota man in his 60s and another in his 50s have come down with the state's eighth and ninth cases of fungal meningitis, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday afternoon. Women ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s have accounted for six of Minnesota's nine cases. Federal agencies have linked the rare infection to steroids produced at a now-closed compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts and used at six clinics in Minnesota: The outbreak is now in 18 states and has killed 24 people. Minnesota is one of 11 states where people have come down with the infection but no one has died. Fungal meningitis is different from the more common bacterial and viral forms of meningitis and is not spread person-to-person. More:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Steroids for back pain may not be the only contaminated medications. The Minnesota Department of Health said many clinics were customers of NECC, the implicated pharmacy in Massachusetts.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Many more Minnesota clinics and patients may soon find themselves involved in the 15-state outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 15 people and been linked to 212 infections. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday it was investigating other products from the New England Compounding Center (NECC). The Massachusetts compounding pharmacy produced the injectible steroids that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) blames for the outbreak. The FDA urged health care providers to alert patients who received other treatments produced by NECC "out of an abundance of caution." NECC products under investigation includes injectible drugs used in heart and eye surgery. The list of NECC products recalls runs 71 …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Officials still trying to reach about 100 who got steroid shots at clinics in Edina, Maple Grove, Shakopee and Fridley.
Minnesota officials on Monday were still trying to reach about 100 people who received steroid shots tied to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 8 people and infected 105 others in nine states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Minnesota Department of Health staff worked through the weekend to call by phone 831 people who got steroid treatment at six clinics located in Edina, Maple Grove, Fridley and Shakopee. Three Minnesotans Infected So far, three Minnesota women have been hospitalized with the infection but are doing well, according to MDH spokesperson Buddy Ferguson. The MDH said all three are in their 40s but hasn't said more about them or where they got the infection. A 39-…