According to a recent story from NBC News, many U.S. Senators continue to ask tough questions of state and federal regulators responsible for the safety of pharmaceutical products across the country. The questioning was spurred by the widespread and high-profile fungal meningitis outbreak tied to contaminated epidural shots. Over 17,000 vials of a spinal steroid injection from a single pharmaceutical compounding center were sent to clinics in 23 differen states–those steroids were contaminated with a fungus. All told about 14,000 doses were given to patients before the problem was identified and all of the steroid were recalled.
Current Infected Counts
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on the situation, 480 people have been identified as having contracted fungal meningitis in the latest outbreak. In addition, 33 people have died. Those deaths were essentially caused by strokes that were connected to the meningitis. Seniors and other vulnerable patients were most at risk of suffering more serious complications from the meningitis.