Ameridose LLC, a compounding pharmacy owned and operated by the same people as New England Compounding Center (NECC), said that it will recall all of its products in cooperation with state and federal investigations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also requested that Ameridose improve its sterility testing processes.
Ameridose is a major supplier of sterile injectable medications, including tranquilizers, anesthetics and antibiotics to hospitals across the country. The products are pumped into both injectable and oral syringes, as well as intravenous medicine bags. A recall of those products could lead to drug shortages for providers that buy drugs from Ameridose.
So far, 28 patients have died as a result of contracting fungal meningitis from potentially tainted steroid injections supplied by NECC. The company is also under investigation and regulators have reported that its Framingham, Massachusetts facility manufactured their medication products, including the tainted steroids, in conditions that were not sterile.
According to the latest reports from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 377 cases of fungal meningitis in 19 states. Tennessee has reported the most deaths at 11, followed by Michigan with seven. Most of the cases have resulted from tainted steroid injections that were received by patients in their backs. However, nine reported cases of infection resulted from joint injections such as a knee, hip, shoulder or elbow.
The tainted steroids manufactured by NECC were sent to 23 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. If you suspect that you received a tainted steroid injection and are experiencing symptoms of meningitis, including fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, photophobia (sensitivity to light) and altered mental status, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
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