Fungal Meningitis

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Many people are demanding better oversight of drug manufacturers in the wake of the recent fungal meningitis outbreak. But few people are asking an even more important question: Why were these patients getting questionable -- and mostly unnecessary -- steroid injections in the first place?
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The recent outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has resulted in a steadily increasing number of deaths, crystalizes the importance of vigilant regulation of the pharmaceutical industry and affirms the need for swift correctional mechanisms in the case of tainted medicines.
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By Toni Clarke and Tim McLaughlin NECC's improvements drew praise from George Cayer, president of the pharmacy board at the
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The good news for states is drug industry immunity only kicks in if the drugs in question are FDA-approved. And thanks to the first-rate influence-peddling and lobbying prowess of compounding pharmacists, the tainted steroid shots at issue today are free and clear of FDA regulation.
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Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first comprehensive report on the fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 12 and sickened 137. There is much news for us.
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Fungal infections typically only attack people with severely compromised immune systems, such as patients who have had bone
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As infectious disease doctors, we routinely care for patients with meningitis, but never have we treated a case of aspergillus meningitis, the type of fungal infection that has caused more than a dozen deaths and sickened nearly 200 people in Tennessee and other states.
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As the number of deaths from fungal meningitis mounts, many people want to know how fungal meningitis is diagnosed and treated.
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The federal Food and Drug Administration regulates only the ingredients and not the compounders, which are subject to a patchwork
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* * * Aspergillus is "around all of us, all the time," Dr. William Schaffner, president of the National Foundation for Infectious