The fungal meningitis outbreak in America has now taken its 24th victim, another person in Indiana had died from the disease. The outbreak has been traced to a tainted batch of steroid medication from the New England Compounding Center. 3 of the deaths have been from Indiana.
There are currently 8 new cases of the fungal meningitis with a total of 312 known cases across 17 states (data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
The number of new cases continues to rise even though there has been a recall of the medicine that is thought to be the cause. There have been new cases in Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia.
The number of cases has continued to mount despite the recall of the product by the New England Compounding Center. New cases were reported in Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia.
Statement from the New England Compounding Center (NECC)
“New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. d/b/a New England Compounding Center (NECC) today announced a recall of all products currently in circulation that were compounded at and distributed from its facility in Framingham, Massachusetts. This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution due to the potential risk of contamination, and in cooperation with an investigation being conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.” October 6, 2012, neccrx.com.
New England Compounding Center Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Products – http://www.neccrx.com/
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