Mass. Closes Down 11 Pharmacies After Meningitis Inspections
A recent report confirmed that orders have been issued to some 11 pharmacies to either clamp down their operations or partially close them in Massachusetts. It was done after inspections were done by the Department of Public Health, after reports confirmed a lethal nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis.
It has further been said that over the past several months, there have been raids conducted in as many as 40 sterile compounding pharmacies, which sell, custom-mix solutions, creams and other medications in forms which are usually not accessible.
It was in the month of September that the disease which involves inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord was detected. It has so far claimed 45 lives and further affected over 600 nationwide.
As far as source is concerned, it has been found that it triggered from a contaminated steroid, which was reported to be connected with the now closed Framingham-based New England Compounding Center.
"While these results are troubling, this process has led to significant corrective measures and increased compliance", said Public Health interim Commissioner Dr. Lauren Smith. Besides the closure, some 21 more pharmacies have been pulled to work on some areas which were found worrying during the massive raid drive.