New England Compounding Center’s Other Drugs May be Causing Illness, FDA Warns
New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts manufactures and distributes a pharmaceutical known as methylprednisolone acetate that is used as an injectable treatment for back pain. This drug is contaminated with a fungus that has caused 214 people to be infected with meningitis and 15 have died so far in the outbreak. It is estimated that approximately 14,000 people have been given the steroid and nearly 12,000 have been contacted and asked to be on the lookout for development of meningitis symptoms. This steroid was recalled in September. New England Compounding Center has halted operations and recalled all of their pharmaceutical products to guard against further outbreak.
It is suspected that another drug made by the same company could be implicated in causing sickness to heart surgery patients. The second possibly fungal-infected pharmaceutical is triamcinolone acetonide. The meningitis outbreak has so far affected people across 23 states.