WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials say they have found bacteria and fungus in drug vials from a Tennessee specialty pharmacy that recalled all of its injectable medicines last month.
The Food and Drug Administration said in an online posting that it found the growths in two unopened vials of a steroid injection distributed by Main Street Family Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn. The agency said it is working with other government agencies to identify the exact species of fungus and bacteria.
State and federal officials began investigating the Tennessee pharmacy last month after seven patients in North Carolina and Illinois reported skin abscesses after being injected with methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid used to treat inflammation, asthma, joint and upper respiratory issues.
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