Posts Tagged 'lumbar epidural steroid injections'

Compounding pharmacies linked to deaths over the past decade

A Washington Post investigation has found that shoddy practices and unsanitary conditions at compounding pharmacies like the New England Compounding Center (NECC) have been harming people for the past decade. At least four pharmacies have been linked to 51 deaths and 700 illnesses over the past ten years, including the 45 deaths linked to contaminated steroid injections shipped by the NECC.

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Meningitis outbreak: NECC blames cleaners

The pharmacy at the heart of the fungal meningitis outbreak says a cleaning company it hired should share the blame for the tainted steroid injections that caused more than 600 illnesses in 19 states, killing 39 people.

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Grand jury sets sights on New England Compounding Center

A federal grand jury in Boston has begun investigating the Framingham compounding pharmacy that made the tainted steroid injections blamed for at least three dozen deaths in seven states, according to several people familiar with the matter, including one who has been called to testify. The development is the latest sign that federal prosecutors are pursuing potential criminal charges against the companies or people deemed responsible for the outbreak.

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Chairman of Senate Health Committee pushes to tighten oversight of drug facilities

The Chairman of the Senate Health Committee has pledged to tighten oversight of drug compounding facilities like the New England Compounding Center (NECC) responsible for the deadly meningitis outbreak. Senator Tom Harkin made the commitment during a Senate hearing in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was questioned on the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to the NECC.

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New England Compounding meningitis suits can proceed

Lawsuits against New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. over cases of fungal meningitis linked to the company’s injectable steroids can move forward and evidence must be preserved, a federal judge said. The company had asked U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor in Boston to delay a dozen lawsuits filed in federal court in Massachusetts pending a decision next year by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on which court should hear the hundreds of cases pending nationwide.

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Meningitis victims tell Mass. judge: Freeze assets

Lawyers for two people who claim they contracted meningitis from contaminated steroid injections made by a Massachusetts pharmacy asked a judge on Tuesday to freeze up to $461 million in assets of the pharmacy, its owners and two related companies while lawsuits are pending.

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FDA finds contamination, insects and flying bird at Ameridose

Food and Drug Administration investigators have found sterility problems — including the presence of insects and a bird — at Ameridose, a company that shares ownership with the firm tied to a deadly multistate meningitis outbreak.

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