California tightened up its pharmacy rules dramatically after a contamination at a Walnut Creek compounding pharmacy cost lives. Still, tainted injections from the New England Compounding Center reached four California pharmacies and some 600 patients received injections, though none has yet developed meningitis. Now California’s pharmacy board is considering tightening regulations again.

The nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections made in a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy bears chilling similarities to the case of Doc’s Pharmacy in Walnut Creek. In this latest case, the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., has been linked to a growing meningitis outbreak that has killed more than 20 people and sickened about 300 in 16 states.

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Quick Read: Steroid Meningitis Echoes Local Incident 24 October,2012Lisa Aliferis


Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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