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Guidelines Issued to Resolve Temporary Facial Paralysis

Posted 7 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 – New guidelines recommend steroid pills to treat initial symptoms of a condition called Bell's palsy that temporarily paralyzes facial muscles. Steroid pills, sometimes in conjunction with medications that target viruses, are already a common treatment for the condition, said ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Jay Rubinstein, professor of otolaryngology at University of Washington, Seattle, commenting on the guidelines. Bell's palsy is challenging to treat because 85 percent of patients will recover on their own, but it will persist in the other 15 percent, he said. "We give steroids to try to get a better result on those 15 percent and to speed up the whole process," he said. "We think that facial paralysis recovers faster with steroids than not, but we have precious little proof of that." Patients with Bell's palsy suddenly develop paralysis on one side of their ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 25 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

[UPDATE 10/24/2012]  The updated list of customers (consignees) who were shipped product on or after May 21, 2012 from the New England Compounding Center’s (NECC) Framingham, MA facility is now posted at the FDA website. The technical problems with the previous list have been corrected. You can obtain information about the outbreak by calling the FDA’s Division of Drug Information line at 855-543-DRUG (3784) or send an email to druginfo@fda.hhs.gov.   FDA provides NECC Customer List  [UPDATE 10/22/2012] FDA is making available two lists of customers (consignees) who received products that were shipped on or after May 21, 2012 from New England Compounding Center’s Framingham, MA facility. The first list includes customer names and addresses, organized by state. The second list contains the same basic information as the first list, but is organized alphabetically by customer name and also ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 22 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

FDA provides NECC Customer List  [UPDATE 10/22/2012] FDA is making available two lists of customers (consignees) who received products that were shipped on or after May 21, 2012 from New England Compounding Center’s Framingham, MA facility. The first list includes customer names and addresses, organized by state. The second list contains the same basic information as the first list, but is organized alphabetically by customer name and also includes the specific products shipped, the quantities of product shipped, and the shipping date. The lists were prepared based on information provided by NECC, and FDA cannot vouch for the completeness or accuracy of the lists. Products shipped by NECC may be missing from the list and facility information may be incomplete. Nevertheless, this is the best information we have available, at this time, to help inform facilities and healthcare providers of ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Additional Patient Notification Advised

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

[Update 10/16/2012] On 10/15/12 the health care facility notified CDC that the initial report of two transplant patients has been revised to one patient who received cardioplegia solution from NECC. The 10/15/12 statement has been revised to reflect this information.   [Posted 10/15/2012] ISSUE: As a result of the ongoing investigation of New England Compounding Center (NECC), a patient with possible meningitis potentially associated with epidural injection of an additional NECC product, triamcinolone acetonide, has been identified through active surveillance and reported to FDA. Triamcinolone acetonide is a type of steroid injectable product made by NECC. The cases of meningitis identified to date have been associated with methylprednisolone acetate, another similar steroid injectable product. In addition, two transplant patients with Aspergillus fumigatus infection who were ... Read more

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Tainted Steroid Injections May Affect Those Treated for Joint Pain

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 16 – The nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections has so far been focused on back pain patients. Far less attention has been paid to those patients who got injections of methylprednisolone acetate to ease chronic pain in joints such as knees, shoulders and hips. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now reporting that two people who received a steroid injection for pain in a joint – rather than the back – may have come down with a fungal infection. One case is in Michigan, the other New Hampshire, but it will take time to confirm they are fungal infections, agency spokeswoman Melissa Dankel said Monday. People with chronic pain in ankles, knees, shoulders, hips and thumbs commonly get injections of methylprednisolone acetate in the troubled joint to relieve inflammation that causes discomfort and limits movement. Unlike ... Read more

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Meningitis Toll Now 11 Dead, 119 Sick: CDC

Posted 10 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10 – Eleven people have now died and 119 have been sickened in the national meningitis outbreak apparently linked to contaminated steroid injections, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In the wake of the outbreak, members of Congress are calling for more regulatory oversight for the type of smaller, "compounding" pharmacy that distributed the steroid shots. All of the patients were thought to be injected with methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid drug commonly used for back pain that investigators suspect was tainted with a fungus usually found in leaf mold, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials in the 23 states that received shipments of the steroid are trying to track down patients who got the injections. As many as 13,000 people may have gotten the shots, U.S. health officials said Monday. The steroid was manufactured ... Read more

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Meningitis Toll Now 11 Dead, 119 Sick: CDC

Posted 9 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 9 – Eleven people have now died and 119 have been sickened in the national meningitis outbreak apparently linked to contaminated steroid injections, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. All of the patients were thought to be injected with methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid drug commonly used for back pain that investigators suspect was tainted with a fungus usually found in leaf mold, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials in 23 states that received shipments of the steroid are trying to track down patients who got the injections. As many as 13,000 people may have gotten the shots, U.S. health officials said Monday. However, it's not known how many of the shots were contaminated with the fungus that causes this rare type of meningitis. So it's not clear how many people might be at risk of infection, the Associated Press ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: New England Compounding Center (NECC) Potentially Contaminated Medication: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 8 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

  [UPDATED 10/06/2012] On October 4, 2012, the CDC and FDA recommended that all health care professionals cease use and remove from their pharmaceutical inventory any product produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), located at 697 Waverly Street in Framingham, MA. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a multi-state investigation of Aspergillus meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. As of October 4, 2012, 35 cases have been reported to CDC, including 5 deaths. The three principally implicated lots have not been distributed in Massachusetts. According to CDC, fungal meningitis, which is not transmitted from persons to person, from a potentially contaminated drug product is suspected to be the cause of the o ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: New England Compounding Center (NECC) Potentially Contaminated Medication: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 6 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

  [Posted 10/05/2012] ISSUE: FDA has observed fungal contamination by direct microscopic examination of foreign matter taken from a sealed vial of methylprednisolone acetate collected from New England Compounding Center (NECC). FDA is in the process of conducting additional microbial testing to confirm the exact species of the fungus. Investigation into the exact source of the outbreak is still ongoing, but the outbreak is associated with a potentially contaminated medication. That product is preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml), an injectable steroid produced and distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts. CDC’s interim data show that all infected patients received injection with this product. BACKGROUND: FDA was been working closely with CDC, several state health departments, and the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy to in ... Read more

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Officials Seeking Patients Who May Have Received Contaminated Steroid

Posted 5 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 5 – Health officials in 23 states are trying to track down patients who received steroid injections for routine back pain that may have been contaminated with a deadly type of fungus-related meningitis linked to five deaths and at least 30 cases of illness in six states. All of the patients were injected with methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid drug that investigators suspect was contaminated with a fungus usually found in leaf mold. The drug was manufactured by a specialty pharmacy, New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., which last week voluntarily recalled three lots of the steroid. It has since shut down operations and stopped distributing its products, health officials said. U.S. health experts said Thursday they expect to see more cases of the rare type of meningitis, which is not contagious, because symptoms can take a month or more to appear. All of ... Read more

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After Tonsillectomy, Steroids May Not Increase Bleeding

Posted 25 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25 – A class of drugs commonly given to children undergoing tonsillectomy is not likely to increase the risk of serious bleeding after surgery, according to a new U.S. study. Corticosteroids, which are similar to a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands, have been used for many years to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting and to decrease airway swelling, according to background information included in the study. The practice was approved in guidelines for pediatric tonsillectomy developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2011. But European research recently concluded that the drugs can trigger increased bleeding or hemorrhage. The research was halted before it was completed due to the increased risk of bleeding that scientists were seeing among study participants. "The European study, which was well constructed and ... Read more

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Child's Use of Certain Asthma Drugs Could Shorten Adult Height

Posted 4 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 3 – Young adults who used inhaled steroid drugs to treat their asthma when they were children are slightly shorter – about half an inch – than those who didn't use the drugs, a new study finds. Researchers followed 943 children, ages 5 to 12, who were treated for mild to moderate asthma for more than four years. The children were divided into three groups. One group took the inhaled corticosteroid medication budesonide (brand names Pulmicort, Rhinocort) twice a day; the second group took the inhaled non-steroid medication nedocromil (brand name Tilade); and the third group took a placebo. All the children took albuterol, a fast-acting drug for relief of acute asthma symptoms, and oral corticosteroids as needed to treat asthma symptoms. The children were followed until they reached their full adult height – age 18 or older for females and age 20 or older for males. The ... Read more

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Steroids Won't Ease Most Sinusitis Attacks, Study Finds

Posted 7 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 7 – Despite their increasing popularity as a treatment for sinusitis, corticosteroids do not seem to ease the symptoms of this common infection, a new Dutch study suggests. "This condition can considerably impair daily functioning, and its unpleasant symptoms may have a negative influence on the quality of life," said study author Dr. Roderick Venekamp, a postdoctoral researcher and general practitioner trainee in the department of otorhinolaryngology at the University Medical Centre Utrecht. "As a consequence, patients' needs toward an effective therapy are often high. This might explain the high antibiotic prescribing rates in daily practice," Venekamp said. "However, previous studies revealed that the vast majority of patients with mild to moderate acute rhinosinusitis do not benefit from antibiotics." "Nowadays, intranasal corticosteroids – anti-inflammatory drugs – ... Read more

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Strides Made in Diagnosing, Treating Lupus

Posted 10 May 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 10 – Sometimes it takes years for people to get diagnosed with lupus. That wasn't the case for Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana, who had so many of the classic systemic lupus erythematosus symptoms – such as a butterfly-shaped rash on her face, a daily fever and achy joints – that her doctor knew right away that the 23-year-old had the illness. Since then, Zeppieri-Caruana, now 34, has been hospitalized 30 times and has had four mini-strokes along with numerous other problems related to her lupus. Most people who have lupus go through periods where they have active disease (flares) and periods where they don't have any symptoms (remission). Unfortunately, Zeppieri-Caruana said she's never had a time where she's been totally in remission. "An average day for me includes fatigue and fever. It's really hard to try to put weight on, and I usually don't feel like doing anything. I ... Read more

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New Guidelines Issued for Severe Lupus

Posted 3 May 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 3 – When diagnosed with lupus, one in three people already has kidney inflammation, and during the first 10 years with the disease as many as 60 percent of patients will have some kidney problems. Because kidney inflammation (also called lupus nephritis) is so common in people with lupus, the American College of Rheumatology has issued new guidelines for the screening and management of this potentially devastating complication of lupus. "Without treatment, lupus nephritis can lead to end-stage-renal disease, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant. But, not all types are this serious. It depends on the pattern of damage to the kidneys," said the lead author of the new guidelines, Dr. Bevra Hahn, a professor of medicine and chief of rheumatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Hahn said the course of lupus ... Read more

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