Dr. Nina Radcliff / Bill has right prescription for compounding pharmacies in N.J. - Press of Atlantic City: Commentary

Dr. Nina Radcliff / Bill has right prescription for compounding pharmacies in N.J.

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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 12:01 am

As a physician, I assume the medications I prescribe and administer are safe. However, the recent fungal meningitis outbreak has made me, my fellow physicians, hospitals, legislatures and the public concerned. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported a total of 39 deaths and 656 cases due to contaminated vials of steroids that were manufactured by the New England Compounding Center. There were 46 reported cases in the state of New Jersey. Approximately 17,500 vials that potentially harbored Exserohilum rostratum were shipped by the NECC to 76 health care facilities in 24 states. Although extremely tragic (and unnecessary), we were fortunate that these numbers were not significantly higher.

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