The deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that was spread through contaminated steroid injections seriously injured over 700 hundred patients across the U.S. and killed 64. The steroid manufacturer, New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts, sold the contaminated medication to physicians and care providers at numerous pain clinics nationwide. [Read more…]
As reports from news sources like the Los Angeles Times and Reuters proliferate, the full extent of America’s superbug scourge is beginning to surface, and the truth isn’t just disturbing — it’s terrifying. Though health authorities have been warning about deadly drug-resistant infections for over 15 years, a widespread practice among doctors and hospitals that can only be seen as active concealment has hidden the breadth of the crisis, while at the same time hindering efforts to make a dent in the situation. The situation is only worsened by government agencies remain that are either unwilling or unable to impose reporting requirements on a healthcare industry complicit in the problem. [Read more…]
As reported by Melody Petersen in the Los Angeles Times, according to a letter posted by local city officials, Huntington Hospital in Pasadena broke California law by not quickly reporting a suspected deadly superbug infection outbreak in 2015. [Read more…]
As reported by the New York Times, four patients at a hospital in York, Pennsylvania, have died after developing an infection from a medical device used in open-heart surgery. Four additional patients were infected but have survived. The hospital, WellSpan York, indicated that it was notifing approximately 1,300 current and former patients about possible exposure they may have suffered during similar procedures occuring over the nearly four-year period between October of 2011 and July 2015.