Calcium Gluconate Injuries
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Every day, medications and products that do not have approval by the United States Food & Drug Administration surround consumers and crowd the marketplace. Yet consumers are helpless to avoid these suspect materials. According to numbers compiled by the Pew Charitable Trust, since 2001 there have been 75 reported deaths and more than 1,020 illnesses connected with compounded drugs.
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What are Compounded Drugs?
Compounding companies—or compounding pharmacies—mix customized substances in formulas specified by doctors, including:
Many of these formulas require sterile conditions and that seems to be a problem for some companies in this business. These companies have traditionally been overseen not by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA), but by the various state boards of pharmacy.
As seen with the outbreak in 2012 linked with the New England Compounding Center, these boards are often unable to fulfill their duties. Over 50 people died as a result of meningitis and hundreds more were sickened when their contaminated steroid injections, intended to treat back pain, began striking down consumers all over the country.
Furthermore, the rate of outbreak is increasing. The most recent outbreak in Corpus Christi was linked to Specialty Compounding, where 17 reported cases linked to rhodococcus equi, a bacteria most often associated with horses. With pneumonia-like symptoms and a relatively high death rate of 20%, this bacterial infection requires a heavy dose of antibiotics and sometimes surgery to defeat. For people with compromised immune systems, such as those suffering with HIV or who have received organ transplants, the death rate is over 50% for people. Healthcare officials are currently investigating two suspicious deaths in the Corpus Christi area that may be linked to this bacterial outbreak.
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For sufferers in Corpus Christi, the source of the outbreak appears to be an intravenous solution of calcium gluconate manufactured by Specialty Compounding in Cedar Park, TX. The affected IV infusions have been identified at Corpus Christi Medical Center Doctors Regional and Corpus Christi Medical Center Bay Area but the investigation is ongoing.
Persons who have recently received any type of IV solution or infusion and who exhibit pneumonia-like symptoms are encouraged to seek additional medical assistance. If you or a loved one has suffered complications from calcium gluconate contamination, contact our Houston personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.
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