FRAMINGHAM, MA – 19 dead. Over 200 people sickened. The outbreak of Fungal Meningitis caused by a tainted batch of steroid injections is growing worse by the day.
Now, the Food and Drug Administration is making a federal case of this mess.
Agents raided a Massachusetts pharmacy tied to the deadly multi-state outbreak.
Last month, the New England Compounding Center recalled three lots of the tainted injections used for back neck and joint pain.
But the newest infections are from drugs used in heart and eye surgery.
The Boston Herald reports the pharmacy was apparently mass-producing tens of thousands of doses in violation of its license.
Meanwhile, families who have lost love ones are left to grieve and wonder why.
‘The decisions to save money, the decisions not to regulate drugs, decisions not to oversee these facilities…if different decisions had been made at certain points along the way, my father would be here today, said Chris Lovelace.
The important thing to keep in mind is this type of Meningitis is not contagious, but if you or someone you know has had these steroid shots, go see a doctor and get tested.
If you wait for symptoms to emerge…it might be too late.