NECC recalls all products in wake of meningitis outbreak

Posted: 10/07/12 at 10:25 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/08/12 at 7:06 am EDT

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- According to the CDC, 91 people nationwide have the rare form of fungal meningitis, linked to a steroid distributed out of the New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

Investigators said at least seven people have died as the outbreak now stretches into nine states.

NECC has now issued a voluntary recall of all of its products, but they said it's simply a precautionary step and there is no indication any other products have been contaminated.

They are cooperating with investigators.

“Furthermore, in exercising utmost precaution we are encouraging all health care facilities to immediately cease use of any product produced by NECC,” said

 

The outbreak prompted a Connecticut senator to call for stronger government oversight of compounding pharmacies. The senator is reportedly reaching out to FDA, adding the facilities operate in a "regulatory black hole.”

While the outbreak has continued to balloon, there's a level of uncertainty when it comes to just how many have been affected. The steroid injections were given between July and September.

Symptoms can take several weeks to surface, creating a cloud of uncertainty at this time.

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