FDA Finds More Tainted Drugs - Consumer Justice Foundation

FDA Finds More Tainted Drugs

Written by Faith Anderson on November 5, 2012
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Contaminated Medications Distributed by NECC

According to a recent investigation of NECC medications, three separate batches of betamethasone tested positive for bacteria, revealing eight different strains of microbacteria. Two additional strains of bacteria were found in the cardioplegia solution. This disturbing discovery has shed light on the FDA’s concerns regarding the sterility of medications produced at the compounding pharmacy, and the inadequate regulation of compounding pharmacies on the part of drug regulators. As of November 1, the CDC has not received reports of any confirmed cases of infection related to bacterial contamination of betamethasone or cardioplegia solution, although the agency continues to investigate reports of potential infections from other NECC products. In the meantime, results from additional fungal cultures taken from the NECC are currently pending, and officials say they cannot rule out additional microbial or fungal contamination.

Drug Injury Lawyers for Defective Drug Claims

Investigators have blamed NECC for the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, saying it was caused by tainted epidural steroid injections distributed by the compounding pharmacy to doctors and hospitals throughout the country. According to officials, as many as 14,000 people in 23 states are believed to have been injected with potentially contaminated steroids. As a result of the deadly meningitis outbreak, all NECC medications were recalled by the FDA on October 6, and officials have advised against the use of any of the company’s drugs. In light of the drug contamination, NECC has been subjected to a criminal investigation, and a growing number of people exposed to meningitis from the company’s tainted steroid injections are pursuing compensation through fungal meningitis lawsuits against the pharmacy. If you have experienced an adverse event that you believe may have been caused by a contaminated NECC drug, contact a qualified drug injury lawyer in your area for legal help.

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