Ohio Suspends License Of Pharmacy Tied To Growing Meningitis Outbreak


UPDATED: Thursday October 11, 2012 5:58 PM

The state has suspended the Ohio distribution license of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak that has sickened more than 130 people in 10 states, including one in Ohio. Twelve have died.

The New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., made a steroid used in contaminated injections tied to the outbreak.
   
The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy's director says the board on Tuesday suspended the license after seeing evidence that the company's professional practice presented a danger of immediate and serious harm to others. The license was suspended pending a hearing to determine whether to permanently revoke it.
   
The pharmacy's public relations firm didn't immediately return a call.

On Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Health announced two additional cases of meningitis linked to the steroid injections.

A 65-year-old man from Hamilton County, a 39-year-old woman from Morrow County and a 40-year-old woman from Crawford County have been diagnosed with meningitis in connection with the injections.
   
State health officials on Wednesday revised the number of Ohio patients who received potentially contaminated injections from 430 to 424.



 

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