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-- thirteen thousand people -- 23 US states and may have received steroid injections linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak eight of those people have died as a result.
So 405 cases of the rare form of meningitis had been confirmed in nine states -- -- company announced doctor Marc Siegel with the fox medical eighteen.
Doctor Siegel war we right now with this says it contained in our or two -- you know were we with this.
-- Let me start with some basic facts here -- I don't want people to be scared what is meningitis meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain.
What is this thing it's a fungus it's called -- -- Joseph is usually floats around the air it's in the dirt in the so you don't get sick from it in this case Charles.
It's been found for from a compounding pharmacy which is a middle man.
Which takes a steroid called meth -- -- alone and sticks it into a vial and then sends it around the country for people to get back and neck injection.
First for -- you know something 3% of our pharmacies are those middlemen compounding pharmacies 7500.
Pharmacies were talking about.
They're not all under sterile conditions they don't have FDA oversight because of federal law I don't FDA over they don't have any other drugs that we ingests and they don't have FDA oversight right because a federal law -- definitely are some good judicial cases this precedent.
With its very very conflicting big don't have oversight we may get you -- you never really come on this program and talk about.
Wanting more federal oversight you know that have -- comes of -- -- -- government it was government.
In this case the FDA needs more -- in the situation.
Because -- you have to be able to ensure sterility so things like this don't get in to our shots to our injections now.
The other problem is we don't usually see this kind of meningitis we don't see fungal meningitis.
You know it can it can be very -- it can cause -- it can cause headaches it can give you stiff necks.
Or if you can take weeks to come about it could be several weeks before he goes that kind of -- nobody for a while that's right and we went well -- -- can result in death obviously as well read but I also wanna tell you when you say thirteen thousand.
People may have been exposed it's a little misleading.
Because I don't really believe thirteen thousand people have been exposed that's how many people.
It could have gotten into that many vials and and led to that many doses it probably is far less than we don't know yet.
Doctor civil can we say then that the worse is over and we just have to wait out to see who might have have they cleaned up this problem.
Is it is -- -- with this particular.
With this particular place that was making -- -- this to the compound the steroids.
Is it is a -- there and can this happen again well.
Hey this this company is no longer be making steroids that's not -- that's fixed.
We don't know how many cases they're gonna be -- still we still have to be on the alert for several weeks I don't know if the worst is over I personally think the worst is likely over.
But again this particular pharmacies not sending out product doctors who -- this you don't.
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