US pharmacy linked to outbreak issues wide recall

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, file photo, a sign requesting "No Soliciting" hangs on the door of the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis, in Framingham, Mass. The New England Compounding Center announced Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in a news release a voluntary recall of all of its products. The company said in a news release that the move was taken out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of contamination. It says there is no indication that any other products have been contaminated. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

(AP)—The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure.

The New England Compounding Center announced the recall on Saturday. The company said in a news release that the move was taken out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of contamination. It says there is no indication that any other products have been contaminated.

The had previously told health professionals not to use any products distributed by the center.

The posted updated figures to its website Sunday showing there are now more than 90 confirmed cases of the rare form of fungal meningitis. The outbreak spans nine states and has killed at least seven people.

The states with reported cases are: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

The steroid linked to the outbreak had already been recalled, and have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have received an injection of it. The Massachusetts pharmacy that made it has said it is cooperating with investigators.

It is not yet known exactly how many people may have been affected, though it could affect hundreds or even thousands of people who received the for back pain from July to September.

Meningitis is caused by the inflammation of meninges, which are protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. is not contagious like its more common viral and bacterial counterparts.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

US clinics rush to warn of tainted steroid; 5 dead

Oct 05, 2012

(AP)—Health providers scrambled to notify patients in nearly two dozen U.S. states that the steroid injections they received for back pain may have been contaminated with a deadly fungal meningitis. Five ...

Steroid-related meningitis cases rise to 47

Oct 05, 2012

(AP)—As the tally from a deadly meningitis outbreak rose Friday, health officials identified the medical clinics across the country that received steroid shots for back pain now linked to the illnesses.

Recommended for you

Second bird flu case confirmed in Canada

15 minutes ago

The husband of a Canadian who was diagnosed earlier this week with bird flu after returning from a trip to China has also tested positive for the virus, health officials said Friday.

What exactly is coronavirus?

6 hours ago

The conflicts in Syria and Iraq are straining public health systems and public health efforts meant to prevent and detect the spread of infectious diseases. This is generating a "perfect storm" of conditions for outbreaks. Among the infections raising concern is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, caused by a type of coronavirus, which emerged in 2012. ...

Scientists find Ebola virus is mutating

7 hours ago

(Medical Xpress)—Researchers working at Institut Pasteur in France have found that the Ebola virus is mutating "a lot" causing concern in the African countries where the virus has killed over eight thous ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.