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Health Agencies Update
July 24/31, 2013

Contamination Found in Compounded Steroids From Tennessee Company

JAMA. 2013;310(4):361. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.50184

Investigators from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found bacterial and fungal contamination in unopened vials of methylprednisolone acetate from a Tennessee-based pharmacy linked to more than 2 dozen infections in 4 states (http://1.usa.gov/143c3Nd).

The FDA began investigating Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tennessee, in May after receiving several reports of infections among patients who received steroid injections produced by the facility. Since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed at least 26 infections in patients in Illinois, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Florida who were treated with steroids from the pharmacy. Most of the infections have affected skin or soft tissue.