The pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak in Maryland was warned about safety lapses and failed to follow standard procedures to keep drugs safe. That’s from a new investigation.
There were dirty floors and fungus at the Massachusetts pharmacy that distributed tens of thousands of contaminated steroid shots. Nearly two dozen people have died from meningitis linked to the shots and now that facility is ordered to shut down.
Vilinda York lies in her Florida hospital bed, facing a dry-erase board that lists in green marker her name, her four doctors and a smiley face.
The number of meningitis cases linked to steroid injections for back pain is continuing to grow in Maryland and nationwide.
The pharmacy linked to the nation’s deadly outbreak of meningitis is owned by two brothers-in-law who brought different but complementary skills to the venture: One’s a pharmacist, the other a risk-taking businessman who made his mark recycling old computers, fishing rope and mattresses.
Health officials say they have now confirmed more than 90 cases of a rare fungal meningitis that has been linked to a steroid commonly used to ease back pain.