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Framingham pharmacy identified as possible source of fungal meningitis outbreak blamed for 4 deaths

Posted by Your Town  October 3, 2012 09:35 PM

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By Kay Lazar and Carolyn Y. Johnson, Globe Staff

A Framingham compounding pharmacy has been identified by state and federal health officials as the source of a medication being investigated as a possible cause of an unusual fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened 26 patients in five states who received steroid injections. Four of the patients have died.

The pharmacy, New England Compounding Center, recalled three lots of methylprednisolone on Sept. 26, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Eighteen of the meningitis cases have been reported in Tennessee, and cases also have been reported in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina. A Nashville outpatient neurosurgery clinic closed last month after patients got sick after receiving steroid injections in their backs for pain.

Read more on the Globe's White Coat Notes blog.

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