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Ameridose recalls all drugs after FDA finds problems with its sterility testing

The specialty pharmacy Ameridose, sister company of the pharmacy at the center of the fungal meningitis outbreak has began recalling its products. The FDA found issues with sterility when inspecting the pharmacy. Ameridose is the sister company of the New England Compounding Center who also has recalled all of its products and has stopped production while investigations continue.

Fungal meningitis is being linked to contaminated vials of methylprednisolone acetate, steroids injected for pain. The New England Compounding Center out of Framingham, Massachusetts shipped out 17,000 vials of the steroids to 23 states. Only four states have yet to report a case of fungal meningitis. There are over 300 cases and 28 deaths in 18 states. Patients are also at risk for long term joint problems if they received the shot in their joints, knees or shoulders.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a list of all of the states and the offices and clinics they had shipped the tainted steroids to. Officials are urging patients who received an injection and think they may be at risk for fungal meningitis to consult their health care provider as soon as possible.

The signs and symptoms of fungal meningitis include fever, numbness, headache, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, slurred speech, pain and swelling at the site of the injection and weakness. They may appear one to four weeks after getting a steroid shot. The symptoms of fungal meningitis start out milder than those of other types of meningitis.

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