5 dead as rare US meningitis outbreak grows

This meningitis outbreak is very serious, and the fatality count is still rising.  Many people have asked me, ‘How could this happen?’ It seems to be a manufacturing breakdown.  This medication, which is off patent protection, is being manufactured only by pharmaceutical compounding companies.

These companies are usually regulated by the state health department in which they reside, and even though we expect quality controls to be equal in all manufacturing plants, the truth of the matter is that they’re not.
Yes, the American pharmaceutical industry in general is one of the best in the world, but we ought to keep our guards up, because this is not the first or the last time that something like this will happen.

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