FDA Expands Warning Regarding Medicines Contaminated With Deadly Fungus

“Dangerous impurities” is frequently given as one of the reasons to avoid street drugs, but dangerous impurities in the products of Big Pharma seem to be killing more people. CNN reports:

More patients will soon be told that they received potentially contaminated drugs from the New England Compounding Center, whose products are associated with 308 illnesses and 23 deaths.

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration posted on its website a list of more than 1,200 hospitals and clinics that had purchased steroids and other drugs from the compounding center that, if contaminated, would be especially dangerous for patients. [Drugs of concern] include triamcinolone acetonide, an injectable steroid used to treat pain; injectable drugs used for eye surgery; and cardioplegic solutions, which are used during open heart surgeries.

Tennessee has been the hardest-hit state in the meningitis outbreak, with 70 cases as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michigan is a close second, with 68 cases as of Tuesday.

4 Comments on "FDA Expands Warning Regarding Medicines Contaminated With Deadly Fungus"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Oct 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm |

    Death by Medicine is worth reading

    what’s really interesting to me is that
    lower back pain (which doctors treated with steroids)
    has long been known to be a psychosomatic illness
    and is easily treated with exercise and self-control of the mind
    two things abhorrent to most Amerikans
    which is why they go to Big Healthcare for their cures
    even if it kills them

    • Matt Staggs | Oct 26, 2012 at 8:09 am |

      Isn’t it more accurate to say “lower back pain” *can* be a form of psychomatic illness? I agree completely with that.

      • BuzzCoastin | Oct 26, 2012 at 8:28 am |

        we can say can

        but in my case, when it occurred
        it was psychosomatic
        and even though I knew that
        didn’t make it better
        but some pot & a quackopractor did

        I would conjecture that unless your back
        is strained by some heavy labor
        any chronic lower back pain is probably psychosomatic

        not surprisingly
        once I dropped out of the system
        my backpain never reoccurred

        ps: this new Disqus formatting is rely buggy

        • So basically because yours was psychosomatic then anyone else’s probably is too? Pretty narrow minded logic, there are plenty of physical condition causing chronic lower back pain and most of them do not involve strain from heavy labour either.

          Disc problems, muscular problems, nerve damage, arthritis and loads more if you just researched it. I have a hereditary form of arthritis, luckily I had a doctor who didn’t just chalk it down to being psychosomatic (I am 31 so arthritis was thought unlikely but still worth checking out) and did proper investigation. If he had believed what you do then I would be in much more pain now as the exercises given as standard would have cause more pain and made me try to do things that will cause faster (even if only slightly) degeneration.

          Yes, it ‘can’ be psychosomatic, but if other just as likely problems are ignored then a lot of people could be in a lot of trouble.

          Just a note, I am not American, I have no abhorrence towards either exercise or self control of the mind and I have never been treated with steroids for it.

          If you are going to act so sure of something, be sure you are scientifically correct first.

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