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Sat Oct 13, 2012, 07:48 PM

Company linked to meningitis scare besieged as deaths rise

Source: Chicago Tribune


CHICAGO (Reuters) - The company that produced contaminated medications linked to an unprecedented fungal meningitis outbreak faced mounting scrutiny on Saturday over whether it illegally sold drugs to medical facilities, as the death toll from the disease grew to 15.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said another person died from meningitis, the second death in Indiana. The number of cases of the disease reported reached 201 in 14 states, according to the CDC and state officials.

Illinois reported its first case of meningitis from a steroid injection and New Hampshire officials reported that state's first four confirmed cases from the outbreak, which showed no signs of abating.

Tennessee is the worst affected state with six deaths and 52 cases followed by Michigan with three deaths and 41 cases, including one case of an infection that has not been confirmed as meningitis.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-usa-health-meningitisbre8970tq-20121008,0,452938.story

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Reply Company linked to meningitis scare besieged as deaths rise (Original post)
hue Oct 2012 OP
marions ghost Oct 2012 #1
elbloggoZY27 Oct 2012 #2
marions ghost Oct 2012 #3
Skittles Oct 2012 #5
busterbrown Oct 2012 #4

Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 08:04 PM

1. "illegally sold drugs" ??

The FDA seems to be they have no responsibility here:

From the article:

"This outbreak began at a compounding pharmacy and the Food and Drug Administration has very limited authority over what these facilities produce," said a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department in Washington. "We urge Congress to give FDA the authority it needs to ensure these kinds of outbreaks do not happen again."

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 08:26 PM

2. Undersite

 

I was wondering where the Federal Oversite was with this medical disaster. Congress is more concerned with attacking the President then stopping Pharmaceutical companies from making huge mistakes.

If the GOP takes the White House it will be worse.

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Response to elbloggoZY27 (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 08:38 PM

3. The Federal Oversite was removed

this was posted earlier:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1531204

The GOP takes the White House and...well, I wouldn't just say "worse"--I'd say totally disastrous.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 09:45 PM

4. Thank you so much where ever the hell you are , C.S. Lewis and Milton and Ayn and Ron and

all you other free market objectivists....for leading the way to fucking up our country.
And a special thanks to Alan for bringing the concept to fruition.

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