Second pharmacy recalls products amid meningitis probe

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 12, 2012

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

Westborough, Mass.-based compounding pharmacy Ameridose announced a voluntary recall of all of its unexpired products on Oct. 31. The pharmacy has the same owners as the Framingham, Mass.-based New England Compounding Center, whose contaminated injectable steroids are blamed for the fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 30 and sickened nearly 420 patients in 19 states across the country as of Nov. 5.

In its announcement, Ameridose said it had not received any adverse reports regarding its medications but chose to voluntarily recall its products “out of an abundance of caution.” A complete list of recalled products is available at the pharmacy’s website (link).

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending extensive patient follow-up and notification of patients who received NECC injectables. The tainted steroids were shipped to 76 health care facilities in 24 states. The FDA has made a patient notification letter template, along with the latest news on the meningitis outbreak, available at its website (link).

Note: This item originally appeared at

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn