Meningitis Outbreak Highlights Hazards of Drug Compounding

The deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to injectable steroids has raised questions about the safety of compounding pharmacies, which mix medicines used by millions of Americans with little federal oversight. Five people have died and 42 have been sickened by aspergillus meningitis after receiving spinal steroid injections for back pain, health officials said. The steroid was made by the New England Compounding Center, a compounding pharmacy in Framingham, Mass. A sealed vial of the...Full Story
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