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Meningitis Cases Linked to Contaminated Joint-Pain Steroid Injections

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have linked over 200 cases of meningitis in 15 states to contaminated joint-pain steroid injections. Fifteen people have died from meningitis caused by the tainted injections. The injections were sold by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a warning that other NECC drugs may be linked to new meningitis infections. NECC made about 1,200 products. According the the CDC, over 90% of patients who were potentially exposed to the contaminated steroid injections have been notified. Now they must wait to see if they develop meningitis symptoms. NECC is also under investigation by the Department of Justice to determine whether the company violated laws related to the sales of controlled substances.

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