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January 2, 2013: Going Into A New Year, We Remember One Of 2012s Most Horrific Stories

With new cases still coming in every week, the steroid injection that spread the worst outbreak of 2012 has caused at least 656 total cases including meningitis, stroke, and fungal infections which resulted in at least 39 deaths.   

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With new cases still coming in every week, the steroid injection that spread the worst outbreak of 2012 has caused at least 656 total cases including meningitis, stroke, and fungal infections which resulted in at least 39 deaths.

This all started from because of three lots of the preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) that were contaminated. The contaminated MPA was then used in steroid injections given to patients with pain in peripheral joints.  According to the CDC, of the 23 states that received the contaminated MPA and 15 states suffered illnesses.  

There were 6 recalls associated with this outbreak:

1. September 26th – NECC, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, recalled the three lots of contaminated MPA.

2. October 6th – NECC recalled all products compounded and distributed at their facility.  

3. October 31st - Ameridose, LLC, based in Westborough, Massachusetts, recalled all unexpired products. 

4. November 1st – Additional products found with contamination, and then recalled by NECC. 

5. November 1st – All Ameridose medical products recalled. 

6. December 3rd - Additional products found with contamination, and then recalled by NECC.   

The first reported cases of meningitis occurred in Tennessee on September 21st.   Luckily the reported illnesses are starting to slow down. 

As a result of over 400 lawsuits against NECC, the compounding center filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 21st.  According to NBC News, the NECC issued a statement saying that this action would result in “greater, quicker, fairer payout" to creditors.   

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