Four in New Hampshire have now contracted the fungal meningitis linked to steroids from a Framingham pharmacy.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Add four patients to the total of people who have contracted fungal meningitis linked to steroids distributed from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, according to the Boston Herald. Earlier in October, the New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. announced a recall of all products currently in circulation that were compounded at and distributed from its facility in Framingham. The four, who are from New Hampshire, are between the ages of 40 and 60, and being monitored and receiving medical care. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 people died and 197 have gotten sick in 13 states from the steroids.
New England Compounding Center voluntarily recalled all 1,200 products it makes, over the weekend.
Update: Boston.com is reporting another person has died from steroid injections made at New England Compounding Center in Framingham. The victim died in Tennessee. This brings the death toll to eight. The number of those infected, the article reports, has increased to 105. Earlier: U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other government and state agencies across America are trying to reach every patient, who may have had a steroid injection produced by Framingham-based New England Compounding Center since July. Steroids produced by the specialty pharmacy have been linked to a national meningitis outbreak. New England Compounding Center made 17,676 possibly meningitis-infected steroids. They issued a voluntary recall of the product on Sept. …