Thursday, October 24, 2013

Meningitis Outbreak, NECC Bankruptcy and the NEJM

On the heels of the New England Compounding Pharmacy's Bankruptcy process moving along with a Notice to Creditors being mailed (The forms are due back in January of 2014) there is a report of a NEJM article on the illnesses suffered by innocent consumers who had NECC products put in their bodies.  

The New England Journal of Medicine has a study out, Clinical Findings for Fungal Infections
Caused by Methylprednisolone Injections. According to the NEJM, the authors reviewed medical records for outbreak cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before November 19, 2012, from the six states with the most reported cases (Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia). Polymerase-chain-reaction assays and immunohistochemical testing were performed on clinical isolates and tissue specimens for pathogen identification.

It 's worth reading.