Saturday, October 27, 2012
The New England Compounding Center (NECC) sent tainted steroids to clinics in Fridley, Edina, Maple Grove and Shakopee, sickening 9 Minnesotans in national outbreak.
"Greenish black foreign matter" and other signs of contamination at the Massachusetts pharmacy blamed in a fungal meningitis outbreak are documented in a report the U.S. Federal Drug Administration released Friday. Read the FDA's Form 483 on the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, MA above. Nine people in Minnesota contracted fungal meningitis after receiving tainted steroid shots produced at NECC. Six Minnesota clinics administered the steroids: Medical Advanced Pain Specialists (MAPS) in Edina, Fridley, Shakopee and Maple Grove; and Minnesota Surgery Center (MSC) in Edina and Maple Grove. NECC also shipped other medicines that federal agencies have so far not implicated in the outbreak to more than 100 other clinics in …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Steroids for back pain may not be the only contaminated medications. The MN Dept. of Health said many clinics were customers of NECC, the implicated pharmacy in Massachusetts.
Update (3:30 p.m. Tuesday: The Minnesota Department of Health is contacting 129 clinics that received medications from the Massachusetts pharmacy blamed in the 15-state outbreak of fungal meningitis that has taken 15 lives in other states. The agency's action comes a day after the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation of other products of the New England Compounding Center, where steroids blamed in the outbreak so far were made. The state Health Department said in a news release Tuesday afternoon that the number of patients in Minnesota who got the potentially tainted drug treatments is unknown. ***Original Text*** Many more Minnesota clinics and patients may soon find themselves involved in the 15-state …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The ramps will close at 9 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.
Overnight closures of multiple ramps on Interstate 494 are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 and last through Friday, Oct. 19. Each evening, ramps will close at 9 p.m. for resurfacing and are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning. The following ramps are part of the closures: According to a Minnesota Department of Transportation press release, the closures are weather dependeny and may be rescheduled if there is inclement weather. The project is yet another part of the I-494 Improvement Project.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Shots given in Shakopee, Fridley, Edina and Maple Grove lacked state OK, the Star Tribune reported.
Twelve people have now died in a fungal meningitis outbreak scientists blame on tainted injectible steroids made in Massachusetts and given to patients in 10 states, including at clinics in Shakopee, Fridley, Edina and Maple Grove, MN. No Minnesotans have died. Three people in the state are infected and the Minnesota Department of Health has been working to alert more than 800 others who got the shots that they should get testing or treatment if symptoms arise. Across the country, 137 people have confirmed infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fungal meningitis does not spread by person-to-person contact. The compounding pharmacy that made the steroids, New England Compounding Center, was not licensed in …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Officials are still trying to reach about 100 who received steroid shots at clinics in Edina, Maple Grove, Shakopee and Fridley.
Minnesota officials on Monday were still trying to reach about 100 people who received steroid shots tied to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 8 people and infected 105 others in nine states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Minnesota Department of Health staff worked through the weekend to call by phone 831 people who got steroid treatment at six nearby clinics located in Edina, Maple Grove, Fridley and Shakopee. Three Minnesotans Infected So far, three Minnesota women have been hospitalized with the infection but are doing well, according to MDH spokesperson Buddy Ferguson. The MDH said all three are in their 40s but hasn't said more about them or where they got the infection. …