CDC Health Advisory: Fungal Meningitis

October 17, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to work closely with state public health departments on a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis and joint infections among patients who received a methylprednisolone acetate injection prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass. Some of these patients who received epidural injections also suffered strokes that may have resulted from their infection. This HAN notice provides updated information on the following:

  • Status of the investigation.
  • FDA issuance of a MedWatch Safety Alert on October 15 advising clinicians to follow-up with patients who received an injectable NECC product, including any ophthalmic drug that is injectable or used in conjunction with eye surgery, and a cardioplegic solution purchased from or produced by NECC after May 21, 2012.
  • Recommendations for clinicians.
  • Case definition.

Click here for the full CDC Health Advisory.

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