A deadly but very rare form of fungi that is causing outbreaks of meningitis, an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, has been linked to a steroid shot used in treating back pain. Currently, there are outbreaks in eight states.
The first recorded infection came approximately two weeks ago in Tennessee; however, the medication was produced by a Framingham, Massachusetts pharmacy. During the investigation of the pharmacy, at least one sealed vial of the steroid was found to be contaminated with the fungus. “As a precaution, the Food and Drug Administration urged doctors not to use any of the company’s products, and released a list Friday that included other steroids, anesthetics and a blood pressure medicine.”
The pharmacy, despite being the source of the FDA warning and being closed, said it was ok to use their other products. This is capitalism at its finest, folks! Even when the company is out of business, they are still pushin’ their product! Push! Push! Push! Makes you wonder if any cost cutting measures may have led to this outbreak… I sure hope not.
A hotline has been established intended to give callers information about the recent outbreak. Be sure to double-check the number before calling, though, because if you copied down the one given out by Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) at Tuesday’s news conference, you may end up calling a sex hotline…..Yes, a sex line! Governor Scott accidentally switched a number in the hotline and gave everyone a laugh at his expense. This latest gaffe by Scott does not have the GOP pleased, especially since they are putting everything they have into winning Florida’s 29 electoral votes this presidential election.
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The sex hotline may actually have some usefulness, though; they may have some helpful information to share about outbreaks and fungal infections. Maybe that’s why the Governor gave it out: the more resources the better.
WATCH the local news report on Scott’s latest blunder: