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Bacteria Found in Other Products From Firm Tied to Meningitis Outbreak: FDA
Date:11/2/2012

new weakness or numbness in any part of your body or slurred speech, the CDC said.

The CDC and state health departments estimate that roughly 14,000 patients may have gotten steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center. All of the fungal meningitis patients identified so far were thought to be injected with methylprednisolone acetate, according to the CDC.

Massachusetts officials have begun a criminal investigation into the specialty pharmacy.

Federal investigators said last Friday that a tour of the Framingham plant found foreign, "greenish-black" material in some vials of the injectable steroid suspected as the cause of the illnesses. The contaminated product was one of a host of potential violations discovered during a recent inspection of the New England Compounding Center's plant.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that a company with the same founders as the New England Compounding Center was voluntarily recalling all of its products.

"Ameridose LLC, based in Westborough, Mass., is voluntarily recalling all of its unexpired products in circulation," the FDA said in a statement.

"The FDA is currently conducting an inspection of Ameridose's facility," the agency said. "Although this inspection is ongoing, the FDA's preliminary findings have raised concerns about a lack of sterility assurance for products produced at and distributed by this facility."

While the FDA said there have been no reports of infections linked to Ameridose products, the agency recommended the recall "out of an abundance of caution."

"Health care professionals and patients may dial the FDA's Drug Information Line at 855-543-DRUG [3784] and press [the star sign] to get the most recent information regarding the Ameridose recall and speak directly to a pharmacist," the agency added.

The New England Compounding Center is what's known as a compounding pharmacy. These pharmacies combine, mix or alte
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