Medical Minute: Pharmacy Responsible for Deadly Meningitis Outbreaks Issues Recall

91 people in 9 states contracted a deadly form of fungal meningitis from a tainted drug shipment. The outbreak killed at least 7 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. The New England pharmacy linked to the steroid drugs responsible for the outbreaks has issued a recall of the drug nationwide.

The states with reported cases of fungal meningitis are Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, MAryland, Michigan and Minnesota.

Steroid medication can weaken the immune systems of patients who receive the drug.

Over the weekend I learned that the mother-in-law of one of my cousins is among the victims who contracted fungal meningitis from Solu-Medrol, an anti-inflammatory steroid drug that is administered intravenously.

Solu-Medrol, Medrol or Methylprednisolone (a form of Prednisone) is used to treat people with organ transplants and a variety of inflammatory (painful) conditions including Multiple sclerosis, arthritis, Lupus, Restless leg syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, and more. The drug is administered intravenously (IV) or via injections.

The New England Compounding Center issued the recall of Methylprednisolone acetate on Saturday. A spokesman for the pharmacy said the recall was issued as a precaution, and that none of their other drugs are contaminated. But the Food and Drug administration has advised doctors not to use any of the NECC’s drug products.

Drugs are tainted with fungus or bacteria at the manufacturing plant when strict sanitary procedures are not followed properly.

76 medical facilities in 23 states received shipments of Methylprednisolone acetate from NECC. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people are believed to have received doses of the medication.

Fungal meningitis is not contagious. It is an infection of the membranes (thin tissue covering) of the brain and spinal cord. Affected patients begin showing symptoms 1 to 4 weeks after receiving the injections or IV.

The symptoms include severe headache, nausea and vomiting, and fever. As the disease advances, patients experience neck stiffness (nuchal rigidity); intolerance to bright lights or noise, altered mental status, confusion, decreased mobility and seizures.

If you or anyone you know received intravenous or injectable prednisolone acetate within the last 45 days, contact your physician immediately. This has been your Medical Minute.

Info on the Web

Pharmacy linked to outbreak issues recall

Meninigitis – NIH

Fungal Meningitis – CDC

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    • kingstonn

      wonder why no one here at work has said anything about this… :think:

    • Xena68

      I smell a lawsuit morning all :waves:

    • GAGIRL87

      Oh My I hope your fam will be okay Sandra :hug:

    • xamayca _Iza_Bacchanalist

      Wow so sad heard abt this last week. Hope ur fam is okay Sandy.

    • GAGIRL87

      Did anybody watch the “Carlina White Story” I don’t know who I feel for more the child or the parents :no:

    • Milky

      :pray: for all of those affected and ur fam Sandra

    • Xena68

      @ Ga I watched it that is a sad situation

    • xamayca _Iza_Bacchanalist

      I did @GA sad story indeed. I feel for the parents becuz even after the found each other too many years have gone by and they are complete strangers.

    • luVn_liFe…

      In this day and age it always baffles me when this type of Erroneous negligence happens

    • xamayca _Iza_Bacchanalist

      I just wish the money wasnt an issue tho between them. Despite what was shown on the movie, i read that the money was the issue and that they are estranged again.

    • Milky

      Hey msdiva :kiss:

    • luVn_liFe…

      :wave: GaGaGirl
      I didnt watch it,but i read the story and it is sad on all levels :|

    • xamayca _Iza_Bacchanalist

      And i also felt they deserved more money than they won in that settlement….i would have burned that hospital down had that been my baby :tea:

    • Bibi

      :no: Mistakes like this terrify me… :no:

    • MsDivaRo

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Did anybody watch the “Carlina White Story” I don’t know who I feel for more the child or the parents

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      I know my heart just broke for those parents. That was tough on all involved. But too me the sister didn’t dig deep enough…she had a hunch that baby was not hers, I just know it!

    • GAGIRL87

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      xamayca _Iza_Bacchanalist says:

      I did @GA sad story indeed. I feel for the parents becuz even after the found each other too many years have gone by and they are complete strangers.
      ______________________________________________________________________

      I know and the fact that the lady didn’t mistreat Carlina and she looks at her abductor’s family as her own and she doesn’t want the lady to go to jail but her parents do and now she’s no longer speaking to them BEACUSE OF THIS I just couldn’t imagine :no: In the documentary her mom said “I’ve found her but it’s like she’s still lost” just sad all around!!!

    • MsDivaRo

      :hug: Milky :happy: hey hon!!!!!

    • Xena68

      Ikr they filed a lawsuit for 100 million and settled for 1 mil of half that was not enough to settle for

    • Riri_2484

      Thanks @luVn_liFe on ur comment downstairs. :pray: for the families involved!

    • GAGIRL87

      luVn_liFe Hey Hunny bun :hug: sad story indeed :no:

    • luVn_liFe…

      BIBI :happy: hoLa’ como Esta’

    • Bibi

      :hugs: @Ms.Diva, Luvn

    • luVn_liFe…

      :wave: Xena68

    • MsDivaRo

      xamayca _Iza_Bacchanalist says:

      And i also felt they deserved more money than they won in that settlement….i would have burned that hospital down had that been my baby

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      :cosign: but I would never have left my baby’s side in the first place!

    • GAGIRL87

      @ MsDiva I know she knew she seemed just a TAD bit shady :think:

    • luVn_liFe…

      @gaGagirl
      did you/Brown go to the Fair??

    • MsDivaRo

      :hug: Bibi, Xena!!!!

    • Xena68

      Hey Luvn :hi:

    • Milky

      See these medicine companies all they care about is money, but I hope they pay dearly for this. Poor families and victims. :cry:

    • Anna

      xamayca _Iza_Bacchanalist says:

      And i also felt they deserved more money than they won in that settlement….i would have burned that hospital down had that been my baby
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      $750,000 over 25 yrs ago was a lot of money. Sad story, glad there was an after story. Ann should have at least got 1 yr for every yr Catalina was away from her parents. 12 yrs was not enough.

    • Xena68

      :hi: Diva so I was off Thursday & Friday can someone tell me what the heck happened looks like some were banned

    • GAGIRL87

      @ xamayca I KNOW right wtf is $700,000 and my child was kidnapped on your watch. Humph I would have gotten more than that back OFF TOP :coffee:

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Oh My I hope your fam will be okay Sandra
      __________________

      Thanks. I’ve never met her. I hope she pulls through. :(

    • GAGIRL87

      @ luVn_liFe she didn’t email me but I did go & had a BLAST gotta put some pics up. I ate like hell just like I said I would :grill: lol

    • Anna

      MsDivaRo says:

      xamayca _Iza_Bacchanalist says:

      And i also felt they deserved more money than they won in that settlement….i would have burned that hospital down had that been my baby

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      but I would never have left my baby’s side in the first place!
      ~~~~~~~~
      Me either. They did a good job in casting the father in the movie. He aged well.

    • luVn_liFe…

      Not onLy Kidnapped,the parents were and still are mentally tormented.

    • GAGIRL87

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      Sandra Rose says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Oh My I hope your fam will be okay Sandra
      __________________

      Thanks. I’ve never met her. I hope she pulls through.
      ______________________________________________________________

      Me too!!!

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Did anybody watch the “Carlina White Story”.
      _________________

      She only contacted her parents because she wanted the money. Once she found out the money was spent she dipped. Typical gold digger. :coffee: :eggs:

    • MsDivaRo

      GAGIRL87 says:

      @ MsDiva I know she knew she seemed just a TAD bit shady

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      I wanted to jump into the tv and tell her how dumb she was when she didn’t see that baby on the milk carton. And where was her sister getting money from? too many unanswered questions!!!

    • luVn_liFe…

      @Gagagirl
      for me thats the only reason i go to a Fair.the food!!

    • MsDivaRo

      Xena68 says:

      Diva so I was off Thursday & Friday can someone tell me what the heck happened looks like some were banned

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      Xena, go in the post downstairs. Over some old stuff that was brought up again….I don’t even know what it was all about…..soooooo with that said…how you doing ma?

    • MsDivaRo

      Sandra Rose says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Did anybody watch the “Carlina White Story”.
      _________________

      She only contacted her parents because she wanted the money. Once she found out the money was spent she dipped. Typical gold digger.
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Sandra, ION think this was the case…She was just confused and torn trying to figure out who she really was and who she should be loyal to as far as having her parent relationships.

    • luVn_liFe…

      :newpost: MSDIVARO :newpost:

    • Milky

      Me too @ luvn

    • KK76

      This is kinda why I’m scared to get B12 shots. Groupon always has them advertised. How do I know what’s really in the vial? My friend girl got 12 vials for $90 and injects herself.

    • missmiami

      :popcorn: Carlina was just as shady as her fake mama. So sad, that lady destroyed so many lives. Atleast Joy White has some sort of peace

    • Yardgirl

      Sandra Rose says:
      _________________

      She only contacted her parents because she wanted the money. Once she found out the money was spent she dipped. Typical gold digger.

      *************************************

      Actually she did not know about the money until someone told her about it (at least that was how they showed it in the movie) After that she asked her birth mother and she was told that they had spent it all. I give the birth parents credit for putting it in trust for her in the first place (not sure if they had to by law). That being said, money did come into it because she was upset that they spent it *sigh* She seemed to have conflict over the life she ended up living vs what it could have been, IMO. How do you continue to love your kidnapper, but how can you not love the only mom you knew growing up? Also how do you immediately love your birth parents, virtual strangers? No winners in this case at all :cry:

    • WalkingKontradiction

      Came out of lurkmode to drop my $.02 on the Carlina White Story. She was raised by a kidnapper who obviously had mental issues. She lied to, and manipulated Carlina and everyone else in that family for years. Carlina is simply a product of how she was raised. Now with that being said, she is now an adult and has the right to choose how she lives going forward but to undo all of the “bad raising” she received she needs a complete psychological overhaul. I know folks don’t like to believe it, but it’s true. While we can’t blame our parents forever, their parenting DEFINITELY affects us and who we become as adults. That’s why it’s very important for kids to be born to mature (and this isn’t about age), mentally stable parents.