NJ facilities got drug tied to meningitis outbreak

(AP) - Health officials say an undetermined number of patients at six New Jersey medical offices and centers were treated with a steroid medication suspected

TRENTON - (AP) - Health officials say an undetermined number of patients at six New Jersey medical offices and centers were treated with a steroid medication suspected in a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.

State health officials say all six facilities - which they have not identified - had administered doses from lots that were recalled last week by a Massachusetts pharmacy that custom-mixes medicines.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday went a step further and warned doctors not to use any products from the pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center, after tests found contamination in a sealed vial of steroid.

So far no cases of fungal meningitis have been reported in New Jersey. But by Thursday at least five deaths had been reported from the illness in six other states.

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