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Published on Oct 16, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

FDA Expands Meningitis Outbreak Risks to Two New Drugs

fungal meningitis outbreak

The compounding center that was responsible for sending the tainted steroid injections that have infected over 250 people in 15 states may also have contaminated other products as well. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating two other drugs that may be contributing to the deadly meningitis outbreak.

Two transplant patients contracted fungal meningitis after receiving an epidural injection of cardioplegic solution, which is used to paralyze the heart muscle during open-heart surgery. Previously, the fungal meningitis outbreak was limited to methylprednisolone acetate steroid injections that were given for back and joint pain.

The FDA has expanded the risk of fungal meningitis related to this outbreak to any injectable drugs patients received from the compounding center.

Health officials are alerting people who may be at risk for this potentially fatal disease. Patients can also call their doctor to find out which company sent the drug they received.

Fungal meningitis is not contagious. Symptoms vary greatly and range from nausea to dizziness, confusion, stiff neck, fever, and weakness. Anyone who believes they are at risk and are experiencing symptoms of meningitis should see a doctor immediately to get tested.

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