In light of an outbreak of a deadly form of meningitis, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has contacted 39 patients who may have received injections contaminated with the disease. According to the Hartford Courant, all of the patients received the injections at the same medical facility.
Meningitis is a bacterial infection that causes swelling around the brain and spinal cord and can eventually lead to death. Experts believe the outbreak of the disease was caused by a batch of epidural steroid injections that were contaminated during the manufacturing process at a Framingham, Massachusetts, drug compounding facility. So far, more than 60 people have become ill and seven others have died across 18 states after receiving the injections during treatment for back pain.
Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine Clinic in Middlebury, Connecticut, was the only facility in the state to receive tainted batches of the drug. So far, none of the patients who received the injections at the practice have reported a Connecticut Drug Injury. Each patient has been instructed to seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms.
In response to the outbreak, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is contact FDA Commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, to demand more oversight of the drug compounding industry.
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