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Mid-South pharmacy investigated for potentially contaminated injections

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The FDA said at least one of the seven cases appears to be a fungal infection. The FDA said at least one of the seven cases appears to be a fungal infection.
There have already been reports of adverse effects from the shot in North Carolina and Illinois. There have already been reports of adverse effects from the shot in North Carolina and Illinois.
Government health officials continue to investigate a Mid-South pharmacy for potentially contaminated medications in shots sent to 13 different states. Government health officials continue to investigate a Mid-South pharmacy for potentially contaminated medications in shots sent to 13 different states.
NEWBERN, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Government health officials continue to investigate a Mid-South pharmacy for potentially contaminated medications in shots sent to 13 different states.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the investigation involves seven reports from patients who received steroid injections from Main Street Family Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Newbern, TN.

There have already been reports of adverse effects from the shot in North Carolina and Illinois.

"I think it's pretty scary especially people not knowing what they are getting," said Newbern resident Kathy Sisk.

The injections contain methylprednisolone acetate, or MPA, which is the same drug at the center of last year's deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis. More than 55 people have died and over 740 others have been sickened after receiving contaminated injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

The FDA said at least one of the seven cases appears to be a fungal infection.

Reports only include adverse effects meaning it is not as severe as the contamination in Massachusetts.

The investigation includes help from the Centers for Disease Control, The Food and Drug Administration, and several state health departments.

Main Street Family Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy, which means it mixes custom formulations of drugs based on doctors' specifications.

The Associated Press reports compounding pharmacies have long operated in a legal gray area between state and federal regulations. Since last year's outbreak, the FDA has stepped up inspections of compounding pharmacies across the country, triggering several national recalls of potentially contaminated medications.

Officials have not confirmed contaminated products from Main Street, but the pharmacy agreed to recall all of its sterile products. No one in the Newbern pharmacy would comment. Although, a spokesperson said in its 17 years of operation patient safety has always been and will always be Main Street Family Pharmacy's top priority.

Officials said at this point there is no indication of meningitis in the five cases connected to the Newbern pharmacy.

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