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Many NH health facilities got shipments from NECC

By TIM BUCKLAND
New Hampshire Union Leader

October 24. 2012 9:47PM

At least 32 health care facilities in New Hampshire received shipments from the company at the heart of a fungal meningitis outbreak that so far has infected hundreds of people nationwide and left 24 people dead, according to the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Facilities from every corner of the state were included on a list of customers of New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., released this week by the FDA.

The state Department of Health and Human Services is urging doctors to contact any patient who received any drug made by a NECC for follow-up. The company recently surrendered its license to do business in New Hampshire.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 317 people in 17 states have been infected, as of Wednesday.

In New Hampshire, 10 people have developed a fungal infection related to the injections with no deaths, according to the CDC.

The FDA does not say that the New Hampshire facilities received tainted products, only that the facilities received one of 1,200 injectable, oral or topical drugs from NECC since May 21. So far, state officials have identified only three batches of tainted injectable steroids that were shipped to New Hampshire to be used to relieve back and joint pain.

A list of the facilities in New Hampshire that received shipments from the company is available at www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/FungalMeningitis/UCM325467.pdf.

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Tim Buckland may be reached at tbuckland@unionleader.com.


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