FDA warns of infections tied to Tennessee pharmacy

FDA warns of infections tied to Tennessee pharmacy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government health officials are investigating several health problems reported with potentially contaminated medications made by a Tennessee specialty pharmacy.

The Food and Drug Administration says it has received seven reports involving patients who received steroid injections from Main Street Family Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn.

The injections contain the same drug at the center of last year's deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis. More than 55 people have died and over 740 others have been sickened after receiving contaminated injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. The steroids are usually used to treat pain.

The FDA says that at least 1 of the seven cases appears to be a fungal infection. The government recommends doctors stop using any sterile drugs distributed by the pharmacy.

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