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Tennessee State Board of Pharmacy Investigates Contaminated Injections

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
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A new health scare is currently being investigated by the Tennessee State Board of Pharmacy and other state and federal organizations. Authorities have learned of contaminated injections that contain methylprednisolone acetate – the same drug that was at the center of the recent New England fungal meningitis outbreak. So far there have been several reports from people who have received a steroid injection from Main Street Family Pharmacy.

It appears that there have been seven cases of fungal infections involving this Newbern, Tennessee, compounding pharmacy. Now the FDA is investigating the contaminated medicine made by Main Street Family Pharmacy in an effort to prevent others from being sickened or affected.

At least 13 states received the medication in question including Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, and California. Although there has not been any meningitis or life-threatening infections so far, there have been reports of skin and fungal infections which have caused state and government officials to ask doctors to stop using products made by Main Street Family Pharmacy.

According to the records from the Tennessee State Board of Pharmacy, Main Street Family Pharmacy has previously been fined about $40,000 and put on probation for:

  • Outdated prescription orders
  • Expired medications
  • Violations related to drug compounding

Even though the compounding pharmacies have been regulated by state pharmacy boards, regulations have varied. Because of this and due to the fact that compounding pharmacies have grown into operating more like drug manufacturers, the FDA has started to inspect compounding pharmacies to help out state pharmacy boards and reduce contaminated medications.

Unfortunately, state pharmacy boards do not have the manpower and budget to oversee all of the compounding pharmacies that custom make drugs in their state. If you have suffered harm due to a compounding pharmacy or your local pharmacy, you may have rights to seek compensation and justice. Call a pharmacy error attorney at Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation and a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.

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