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Fungal meningitis outbreak investigation expanded to Arkansas

In FDA REcalls on October 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has announced that the multi state investigation into a fungal meningitis outbreak has been expanded.

According to ADH, all products manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Massachusetts, a single compounding pharmacy, are now under this investigation. The expansion includes drugs shipped to Arkansas, but no fungal meningitis cases have been confirmed in the state so far.

A spokesperson with ADH said the department is in close contact with theFood and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify all those products and the hospitals to which they have been sent, in order to assure that the products have been removed from shelves.

For now, these actions are only a precautionary measure, said Nate Smith, MD, Deputy Director and State Epidemiologist.

Region 8 News has checked with Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (AMMC); NEA Baptist Hospital, and St. Bernards Hospital to see if they have received any of the recalled products. AMMC, NEA, and St. Bernards say they have not received any products from the recalled Massachusetts plant.

So far, the Associated Press has reported 231 cases of fungal meningitis, two joint infections, and 15 deaths as a results of the outbreak.

States reporting affected patients are the following:  Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.



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