Meningitis Fungus Investigation and Research Continues With FDA Inspection While Massachusetts Hospitals Contact Cardiac Patient
Posted Oct 18 2012 7:59pm
The death toll has now risen to 19 and hopefully it will stop and all who have been exposed will be successfully treated. This is a nightmare and much more than a fungus among us, it’s deadly fungus. I can imagine how the NECC folks feel as nobody does this intentionally; however it does bring an awareness around to pay attention to quality control and the need for the FDA to be able to make more on premise inspections. Everyone complains about the FDA not doing this but gee give them some money to fund it. Talk to anyone n the pharma business and they will tell you how over stretched the FDA is and how they don’t have the manpower. So while you sit and continue to read this, get behind this idea below that makes sense rather than just bitch about the FDA as they need money & staff to conduct regular inspections and we have too many companies holding our data ransom over our heads anyway and half of it seems to be flawed anymore.
This is truly sad that this has occurred and that people have died so it deserves more than just complaining and someone opening their mouth and looking at the reality of the fact that the FDA has to send people out to investigate and that takes money to hire more to that.
Unless you feel like your new job as a consumer is “chasing flawed data” to help corporate USA profit, read the article below. It makes sense.
I have my little campaign going here stating we should tax the “greedy” corporate companies and banks who make billions…read that again….BILLIONS from selling data. Why don’t we put an excise tax where it belongs with those who benefit the most as it certainly is not the consumer as we just chase data anymore with all the flawed material they mine and judge us on. Not all is flawed of course but there’s enough of it and it’s growing. Would one not think a company like Walgreens who made over $800 million selling data in 2010 would be happy to contribute to the FDA’s cause since they sell drugs?
They are just one example and of course banks are way beyond that number for sure when it comes to selling data and profiting, but it shows you how huge that pool is to tax and why corporate profits are at all time highs as they get their data for nothing and the profits for free, and in the meantime everyone beats up the FDA for not having enough money to do their job..duh? We can very comfortably call this idea the “alternative millionaire’s tax” if you like as it would a heck of lot bigger.
You want jobs too? Well this can be a partial solution there to curtail the data mining business and level it off to where it should be and balance the tangibles and intangibles in the US economy. We have had the banks go way overboard in valuation of algorithms and perhaps that’s why in Sweden then maybe laughed at us with the lack of humanism that might be viewed from the outside and give the Nobel prize award for an algorithm when a group like the Clinton Foundation for one example was so much more deserving.
”Hey dude let’s crunch some numbers and see if we can come up with some analytics to sell”, is this how the world outside the US sees us?
Have we really become a nation that is more Algo Duped than not..sure starting to look that way.
The good news here though is now the FDA is on the job and finding tainted lots of the drugs mixed at NECC. Most of the cases have been linked to Exserohilum, a fungus associated with grass and rotting wood. The incubation period with the meningitis varies from one to four weeks but it could also be two weeks or longer. It somewhat sounds like a new “clean room” experience might be needed at the facility. Now the heart drugs that stop your heart during surgery compounded at the same facility are under investigation too which I am guessing might be due to the fact that if the fungus existed in the “clean room” that it could be able to potentially contaminate any drugs being mixed at the time and those given by injection of course are #1 at the top of the list to look at.
For sure compounding agencies will be under the scrutiny of the FDA so again we come back to funding so join me with the solution on taxing the data sellers who are making billions and also put undo stress on state governments that have to buy more software to keep the bots out and from taking over. It was so bad in some states that before the governor software was installed to deny the bots access, you almost were experiencing a denial of service…all so the data sellers could make billions off our backs. Tax them and get the FDA the help they need to regularly inspect. We talk about preventive healthcare all the time so how about preventive manufacturing when it comes to drugs that either treat us for illnesses or save our lives. BD
Several large Massachusetts hospitals have begun calling and sending letters to hundreds of cardiac patients advising them that they received a heart medication produced by the troubled Framingham specialty pharmacy linked to the national fungal meningitis outbreak.
The US Food and Drug Administration warned earlier this week that the heart drug might have been contaminated with a fungus, like the two injectable steroids that have apparently caused the meningitis cases. The statement was issued after a heart transplant patient fell ill with a fungal infection. The patient received cardioplegia solution supplied by New England Compounding Center.
Administrators at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center said in interviews Wednesday that they used cardioplegia solution from the Framingham company. The drug stops the heart from beating during surgery.
Mort said Mass. General has identified a couple of hundred heart patients who received cardioplegia solution produced by New England Compounding since May 21, the time span the FDA has identified. She said the hospital did not use either of the two suspected steroids. Spokespersons for Boston Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said none of their patients received any New England Compounding drugs implicated in the infections.