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The Dirty on Tainted Steroid Injections

In fall, a fungal meningitis outbreak of historic proportions is occurring locally and nationwide due to tainted methylprednisolone acetate, a common joint and epidural injection for pain purchased from the New England Compounding Center.  The center shut down almost immediately as inspectors wrote about dirty floors and a leaky boiler. Floor mats near sterile drug-mixing areas were "visibly soiled with assorted debris," and a leak from a nearby boiler created an "environment susceptible to contaminant growth".  Furthermore, according to Massachusetts law, compounding pharmacies must have a prescription for every patient for each dose they send out; otherwise it falls under manufacturing mandates.  But documents recently released show multiple complaints against the pharmacy going back to 1999...