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article imageTainted steroids group hope for criminal damages

By Tim Sandle     Nov 25, 2013 in Health
Some of the victims affected by contaminated steroids drugs are hoping that criminal charges will be brought against the New England Compounding Center, the company that manufactured the medicines.
Digital Journal reported on the incident back in October 2012. At this time we noted that a contaminated steroid product had been distributed across 23 U.S. states as a cure for arthritis and that the tainted product had been responsible for seven deaths. That was the initial death rate.
The latest figures, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are, as of Oct. 23, 2013: 751 cases of fungal meningitis and other infections associated with this outbreak. Of these, 64 of these patients have died. Most of the infected survivors are struggling with the after-effects of the condition.
Dr. Thomas Kerkering, section chief for infectious disease at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va., a hospital where 36 patients have been treated, was interviewed recently by the web magazine Shots. in the interview he explained why the fungal infection disease was so tricky to treat. Dr. Kerkering said: "Fungal infections are hard to treat. That's due to the drugs we have, the mechanisms of how the drugs work on the fungus, and our own immune systems. Then there aren't drugs that reach high levels in the central nervous system. And the central nervous system is a much more severe place to be infected than the lungs, for example."
The root cause of the contamination related to unsanitary practices, including a failure to follow good manufacturing practices in relation to avoiding microbiological contamination.
In response to the incident, a federal grand jury in Boston has been investigating the New England Compounding Center for more than a year. A separate grand jury in Minnesota also has been conducting an investigation.
According to PharmaPro, the FBI recently asked anyone who received one of the tainted injections to fill out a questionnaire detailing their illnesses and saying whether they believe another medication distributed by NECC caused harm to them or their family.
The results of these investigations are pending and it is unknown whether they will lead to any criminal proceedings. A group of people affected by the contaminated medicines, and their families, are hoping that a prosecution will be brought, according to RLG.
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