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More Contaminated Drugs Linked to Compounding Pharmacy

Filed November 5th, 2012 Laurie

More contaminated drugs linked to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts blamed for the ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak have been discovered, though no new illnesses have been reported yet.

Bacterial contamination has been detected in three lots of preservative-free injectable betamethasone and one of cardioplegia solution made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) of Framingham, Massachusetts, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The injections, used primarily to treat back pain, have sickened 404 people and killed 29, according to MedPage Today.

The CDC issued a health advisory concerning the latest discoveries of contamination, warning that “clinical infection is possible” and advised clinicians to consider the findings when they examine the lab results of a patient who was exposed to one of the company’s products.

Production at NECC was shut down after investigators found that it was unsanitary and that the company did not keep adequate records of its sterilization processes. All of the company’s products have been recalled.

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