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Tainted injections from Tennessee compounding pharmacy

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Federal and state health officials are warning health care providers against using anti-inflammatory steroid injections from Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tennessee after seven patients developed abscesses following treatment with the substance.

…the compounding pharmacy has been placed on probation and voluntarily recalled the steroid – preservative free methylprednisolone acetate (80 mg/mL) or MPA – in at least 11 states. The move comes after five patients in Illinois and two more in North Carolina developed abscesses following injection.

The Tennessee Department of Health, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are all investigating Main Street Family Pharmacy, and state health officials report that the facility is “currently on probation” following a recent inspection, Martinez said. Authorities told CNN that no cases of meningitis or other life-threatening infections had been reported…

All five of the Illinois patients that developed abscesses received their MPA injections at the Logan Primary Care clinic in Herrin between January 3 and February 21, health officials told CNN. The two North Carolina patients reportedly received their injections at a clinic in Greenville, and Illinois authorities added that one of those cases “indicates a fungal infection as the cause of an abscess…”

In addition to Illinois and Carolina, the Tennessee compounding pharmacy distributed the MPA injections to Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and South Carolina. The FDA is asking health care workers in medical professionals in those states to “report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of any Main Street products.”

Just in case you weren’t nervous enough about getting shots.

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Written by Ed Campbell

May 26, 2013 at 2:00 am

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