When you get prescription medication, whether it is from your pharmacy
or administered by your doctor, you trust that it is safe and will cure
or help whatever ails you. Well, perhaps thousands of people are probably
pretty bummed out right now if they got steroid injections for back pain
this year between July and September.
The New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts distributed steroid
shots that were contaminated and that have been linked to an outbreak
of a rare form of fungal meningitis. Thus far at least seven of the nearly
100 confirmed patients have died, and nine states have been affected,
including Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina,
Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The compounding center issued a voluntary recall of all of its products,
even though only the steroid injections have been found to be contaminated
so far. The number of people affected is unknown. Speculations are anywhere
from hundreds to thousands of people.