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Congressional Letters to the FDA and CDC Regarding the NECC Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

  • October 8, 2012, Letter to the FDA from Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) regarding the NECC fungal meningitis outbreak.

http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-calls-for-stronger-federal-oversight-of-compounding-pharmacies-that-manufacture-drugs

Documents in Meningitis Case Show Complaints in 1999

The Massachusetts Department of Health released hundreds of pages of documents on Monday detailing a history of violations at the New England Compounding Center, whose tainted medicine has caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak. The documents include dozens of complaints from as early as April 1999, less than a year after the company began as a compounding pharmacy in Framingham, Mass.

US doctors can consider spinal taps for more steroid patients-CDC

(Reuters) – U.S. doctors monitoring patients for signs of fungal meningitis can consider performing spinal taps, possibly weekly, on some of those who received contaminated steroid injections, even if they show no symptoms, health officials said on Wednesday.

2012 Fungal MeningitisTimeline

September 21, 2012: The Tennessee Department of Health notified the CDC that a patient developed meningitis about 19 days after being injected with an epidural steroid at a Tennessee ambulatory surgical center.

FDA finds contaminated vials, bacteria and mold at New England Compounding Center

So far, 331 cases of fungal meningitis have been found in 18 states, including 25 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The newest state to report an infection was South Carolina, and the latest death was reported in Tennessee. Seven other peripheral joint infections from injections given to joints such as the knees, hips, shoulders and elbows, have also been linked to the outbreak.

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