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  • THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012, 1:51 A.M.

    Dozens sue pharmacy, but compensation uncertain

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dennis O’Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 12:47 P.M.

    Social Security fast-tracks rare-disease claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an effort to ease the burden of being stricken with a debilitating condition, the Social Security Administration is expanding a program that fast-tracks disability claims by …


  • MONDAY, NOV. 5, 2012, 12:26 P.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 419 cases, 30 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication was recalled in late September. Latest numbers …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012, 11:39 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 377 illnesses, 29 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2012, 12:01 P.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 363 cases, 28 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012, 11:21 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 338 cases, 25 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012, 9:09 A.M.

    Unprecedented ‘black mold’ meningitis a challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The black mold creeping into the spines of hundreds of people who got tainted shots for back pain marks uncharted medical territory. Never before has this particular …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012, 3:56 P.M.

    Mass. pharmacy dodged reprimand after protest

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts regulators in 2004 proposed a formal reprimand for a company now linked to deadly meningitis outbreak, but they never delivered it after the company protested the …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012, 11:24 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 317 cases, 24 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012, 12:08 A.M.

    State officials find problems at Mass. pharmacy

    BOSTON (AP) — Water from a leaking boiler collected just outside a room that was supposed to be sterile. Floor mats used by technicians were filled with dirt and debris. …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012, 11:31 P.M.

    State officials find problems at Mass. pharmacy

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials say their preliminary investigation has found problems with cleanliness and sterilization at a pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak. They said the problems at …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012, 3:55 P.M.

    Mass. firm in meningitis case: Officials inspected

    BOSTON (AP) — An attorney for a Massachusetts company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak says it’s “hard to imagine” state regulators didn’t know the scale of its operations because …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012, 2:31 P.M.

    Mass. gov.: Fungus seen at meningitis-linked firm

    BOSTON (AP) — State officials investigating a pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis said Tuesday they found shoddy sterilization practices and unclean conditions there, including debris-covered floor mats …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012, 11:50 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 308 cases, 17 states

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012, 11 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 297 cases

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2012, 10:51 A.M.

    APNewsBreak: Tenn.’s meningitis has likely peaked

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s chief medical officer says the rate of new infections from a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak appears to be declining in the state where it was …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012, 12:37 P.M.

    FDA: Fungus in tainted steroids and patients match

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday. The …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012, 11:38 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak deaths rise to 19

    NEW YORK (AP) — Four more people have died in the national meningitis outbreak, bringing the death toll to 19, health officials said Wednesday. The deaths are among the 247 …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012, 1:50 P.M.

    Dirty shoes? How did steroids get contaminated?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Was it some moldy ceiling tiles? The dusty shoes of a careless employee? Or did the contamination ride in on one of the ingredients? There are …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012, 12:01 P.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 231 cases, 15 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012, 12:05 P.M.

    FDA: Pharmacy’s other drugs may be causing illness

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two more drugs from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak are now being investigated, U.S. health officials said, as they urged doctors to contact …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012, 11:46 A.M.

    Steroid-linked outbreak toll: 214 cases, 15 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012, 11:11 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 184 cases in 12 states

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012, 1:12 P.M.

    CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received contaminated steroid shots in the nation’s growing meningitis outbreak, warning Thursday …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012, 11:26 A.M.

    CDC: Meningitis cases reach 170, 14 people die

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says 170 people now have been sickened in the meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid shots, and 14 of them have died. Idaho becomes the …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012, 10:55 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 170 cases, 14 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012, 2:05 A.M.

    Suit: Firm provided tainted meds in 2002, man died

    Long before the current rash of fungal meningitis, the compounding pharmacy suspected in the outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man’s death in …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 4:15 P.M.

    Suit: Firm provided tainted meds in 2002, man died

    The compounding pharmacy suspected in a deadly meningitis outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man’s death in 2004, while a pharmaceutical firm with …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 10:54 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 137 cases, 12 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012, 11:49 A.M.

    Meningitis outbreak toll: 119 cases, 11 deaths

    NEW YORK (AP) — The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated …


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