Tainted Steroid Injections And Public Health

Tainted Steroid Injections And Public Health

Thousands of people may have been exposed to deadly fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections for back and neck pain: What the outbreak reveals about regulations, oversight of compounding pharmacies and risks to public health.

12 people have died and 121 in 10 states are sick with a rare form of fungal meningitis. The outbreak has been linked to tainted steroid injections used to treat back and neck pain. In all about 13,000 people in 23 states may have been exposed, and for many it’s now a waiting game to see if symptoms develop. An investigation is underway into how and why these contaminated medications were produced and distributed. Please join us to discuss drug manufacturing and public health

Guests

Denise Grady

reporter, New York Times

David Miller

executive vice president, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

Dr. Michael Carome

deputy director, health research group Public Citizen

Dr. John Dombrowski

medical director, Washington Pain Center

Jeffrey Gibbs

attorney in private practice, Hyman, Phelps and McNamara

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