Fungal infection linked to Main Street Pharmacy contaminated steroids
More than 20 ill, at least one fungal infection
Last week, the fungal infection attorney at The Merman Law Firm reported on a voluntary recall of Main Street Pharmacy’s “sterile” steroid injections because of a lack of sanitary control. Now more than 20 illnesses have been reportedly linked to Main Street Pharmacy’s contaminated drugs. At least once case is “fungal in nature,” which appears to be the calling card of compounding pharmacies lately – clearly, lack of oversight and substandard sterility practices are responsible for the outbreak of fungal infections linked to compound pharmacies.
Fungal Infection in at least three states so far
The cases were reported in Illinois, North Carolina and Florida, and have been linked to 80 mg/mL preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate in 10 mL vials that were produced by the Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn.
Lack of Sterility leads to fungal infections
All sterile products have been voluntarily recalled by the pharmacy. A joint investigation by the CDC, the FDA and the departments of health in Illinois, North Carolina and Tennessee is under way. Officials are advising health care providers to contact patients who potentially received an injection compounded by the pharmacy to determine whether they are experiencing symptoms of infection.
Upon reviewing records from the pharmacy, officials determined that potentially contaminated products were sent to Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Consumers in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas that have received injectables from any compounding pharmacy should be vigilant for any signs of fungal infection.
The Merman Law Firm is tracking these fungal infections nationwide and represents victims of compounding pharmacies’ poor practices.