Entries in methylprednisolone acetate (2)


CDC Opens Multi-State Investigation of Infections After Steroid Injections

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating steroid products produced by a Tennessee pharmacy after a number of patients who received them developed skin and soft tissue infections.

So far, the CDC acknowledges 20 reports of people who received the preservative-free form of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) produced by the Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn., who have contracted infections. So far, the known infections have been reported in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina. However, according to pharmacy records, similar products were shipped to facilities in 17 states since December 2012.

The products in question are the same as those that were implicated in fungal meningitis infections that were reported in previous months.  However, the prior meningitis infections were linked to products shipped from an unrelated compound in Massachusetts.

The products have been recalled by the pharmacy. As of now there have been no reported cases of meningitis linked to MPA products from the Main Street Family Pharmacy, and none of the reported infections are considered life-threatening.

There was no information available regarding infections caused by products other than the preservative-free MPA. State and local health departments are also working with the CDC and the FDA on the ongoing investigation.

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Seven People Suffer Complications After Using Common Pain-Reliever

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEWBERN, Tenn.) -- Seven people in Midwest and south are suffering complications after being injected with medicine routinely used to treat back pain and joint swelling, and health officials are on the case because this particular medication already has a controversial history.

The Food and Drug Administration is focusing their investigation on the Main Street Family Pharmacy, a small pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn.

Health officials say seven people developed skin abscesses after being treated with an injectable steroid made at the pharmacy that is possibly contaminated.

While there is no conclusive evidence that the drugs are contaminated, health officials recommend that doctors immediately stop using any drugs sold by the pharmacy, and are conducting a thorough investigation. It's too soon to tell how many people were injected with the drug. It's already been shipped to 13 states, including California and both Carolinas.

“They shouldn't be in business if they’re doin’ that,” said Bob Newhouse, a Newbern resident. “When you talking about somebody's health, that's serious.”

The steroid in question, methylprednisolone acetate, is the same drug at the center of last year's deadly outbreak of functional meningitis which killed 55 people and sickened more than 700. Those cases were traced back to a single pharmacy in Massachusetts.

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