meningitis http://michiganradio.org en $100 million settlement in nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis http://michiganradio.org/post/100-million-settlement-nationwide-outbreak-fungal-meningitis <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan residents are expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of a $100 million settlement with a Massachusetts pharmacy company linked to a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis.<br /><br />Authorities say 22 of the 64 people who died in the outbreak were from Michigan.<br /><br />Attorneys for creditors of the Framingham, Mass.-based New England Compounding Center said Monday that they've reached a preliminary settlement to create a victim compensation fund worth more than $100 million.<br /> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 02:11:31 +0000 The Associated Press 15815 at http://michiganradio.org $100 million settlement in nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis Will new legislation stop another deadly meningitis outbreak? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-new-legislation-stop-another-deadly-meningitis-outbreak <p>Congress has passed new legislation to try to prevent another deadly fungal meningitis outbreak... But, will it be enough?</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:13:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 15463 at http://michiganradio.org Will new legislation stop another deadly meningitis outbreak? Michigan's Attorney General calls for state regulation of drug compounding centers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-attorney-general-calls-state-regulation-drug-compounding-centers <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the state to regulate and inspect drug compounding centers like the one that produced the medication that caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak a year ago.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">At least 264 people were infected by an adulterated pain medication, and 19 died. Michigan suffered more casualties from the outbreak than any other state.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:24:46 +0000 Rick Pluta 14507 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Attorney General calls for state regulation of drug compounding centers Tighter pharmacy rules planned after Michigan meningitis deaths http://michiganradio.org/post/tighter-pharmacy-rules-planned-after-michigan-meningitis-deaths <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation is being proposed to more closely regulate 470 compounding pharmacies in Michigan after a deadly outbreak of meningitis a year ago.<br><br>The infection of 264 Michigan residents, 17 who died, is blamed on contaminated steroids produced by a company in Massachusetts. But Michigan's attorney general, a top licensing official and a state senator say oversight of Michigan pharmacies should be strengthened to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:42:40 +0000 The Associated Press 14498 at http://michiganradio.org Tighter pharmacy rules planned after Michigan meningitis deaths The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action, meningitis and Detroit EM http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-affirmative-action-meningitis-and-detroit-em <p>In this week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss Michigan’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-affirmative-action-case-supreme-court">affirmative action case</a> being taken up in the U.S. Supreme Court, how Attorney General Bill Schuette wants an in-depth <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/schuette-asks-grand-jury-investigate-steroid-illnesses-deaths-0">investigation</a> into the meningitis outbreak, and what Kevyn Orr has done in his first week as emergency manager for Detroit.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:56:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 11882 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action, meningitis and Detroit EM 17th death reported in Michigan linked to steroid injections http://michiganradio.org/post/17th-death-reported-michigan-linked-steroid-injections <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials say an 80-year-old Traverse City-area man is 17th person from the state to die as a result of contaminated steroids supplied by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.<br><br>The Michigan Department of Community Health says at least 258 people have contracted illnesses including fungal meningitis that are part of a national disease outbreak. That's up from 256 March 4.<br><br>The department said Monday that it's now confirmed a Grand Traverse County man's death.<br> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:40:28 +0000 The Associated Press 11634 at http://michiganradio.org 3 new infections, 1 death in Michigan from tainted steroid injections http://michiganradio.org/post/3-new-infections-1-death-michigan-tainted-steroid-injections <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials have reported three more infections and one more death linked to contaminated steroids supplied by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.<br><br>The Michigan Department of Community Health says at least 249 people have been infected with illnesses including fungal meningitis that are part of a national disease outbreak. The steroids are used in injections to treat neck and back pain.<br><br>The department reports that at least 16 people have died in the outbreak.<br> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 20:33:19 +0000 The Associated Press 11396 at http://michiganradio.org 3 new infections in Michigan from bad steroids http://michiganradio.org/post/3-new-infections-michigan-bad-steroids-1 <p>Michigan health officials have reported three more infections in the past week linked to contaminated steroids supplied by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health says at least 244 people have been infected with illnesses including fungal meningitis that are part of a national disease outbreak. The steroids are used in injections to treat neck and back pain.</p> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:44:39 +0000 Associated Press 10860 at http://michiganradio.org 3 new infections in Michigan from bad steroids In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-98 <p><strong>Sports concussion bills signed</strong></p><p>"Youth sports coaches in Michigan will have to immediately take a player out of a game if they suspect a concussion. Governor Rick Snyder signed bills Tuesday that also require the state to provide coaches, players, and parents with training and information on how to protect student athletes from head injuries," Jake Neher <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-signs-legislation-attempting-reduce-youth-concussions">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Meningitis update</strong></p><p>"Authorities are reporting six deaths and 69 infections in Michigan as part of a national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroids. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the figures Tuesday. Nationwide, it reports 308 cases and 23 deaths," the AP reports.</p><p><br><strong>Detroit arts scene gets financial boost</strong></p><p>"Detroit's arts scene is getting its biggest financial gift in recent memory. The Knight Foundation is investing $20 million in the city's cultural institutions. Half of it goes to big names like the Michigan Opera Theater and the Detroit Institute of Arts. That money will beef up their anemic endowments as they weather the recession. But any local artist or musician can compete for grants totaling $3 million a year," Kate Wells reports.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:48:38 +0000 Emily Fox 9591 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Meningitis cases in Michigan reach 46, other meds could be involved http://michiganradio.org/post/meningitis-cases-michigan-reach-46-other-meds-could-be-involved <p>The Michigan Department of Community Health said the number of meningitis cases associated with the recent outbreak reached 46 yesterday. Three deaths in Michigan are linked to the outbreak.</p><p>In the meantime, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/health/wider-meningitis-risk-from-tainted-drugs-feared.html?emc=tnt&amp;tntemail0=y">New York Times</a> reports the FDA warns other drugs could be involved:</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:28:53 +0000 Mark Brush 9491 at http://michiganradio.org Meningitis cases in Michigan reach 46, other meds could be involved In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-93 <p><strong>Senate Fiscal Agency says Prop 6 will cost taxpayers</strong></p><p>"A ballot proposal meant to stall a new international bridge in Detroit could cost Michigan taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. That’s according to a report from the Senate Fiscal Agency. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-6-bridge-vote">Proposal 6</a> would require a public vote on any new international bridge or tunnel. The report says it would cost the state nearly $10.5 million&nbsp; to hold a special election on a new crossing. On top of that, researchers say tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure funding could also be in jeopardy," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>ACLU suing Morgan Stanley for racist lending in Detroit</strong></p><p><br>"The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Morgan Stanley on behalf of five Detroit homeowners. The group says Morgan Stanley violated federal anti-discrimination laws by encouraging a now-defunct sub-prime mortgage lender to make risky loans in predominantly black neighborhoods. The lawsuit was filed in a New York federal court, and seeks class-action status," Sarah Cwiek<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/aclu-sues-morgan-stanley-behalf-5-detroit-homeowners"> reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Response to meningitis outbreak might take time</strong></p><p>"Congressman John Dingell says it will take time to figure out the right response to a meningitis outbreak caused by tainted steroids. But he's urging Congress to take action and ensure the same thing never happens again.&nbsp; &nbsp;Dingell says right now, the Food and Drug Administration lacks the authority to regulate the company that made the contaminated medicine -- which has killed 15 people so far," Chris Zollars <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/dingell-says-fda-not-regulating-meningitis-causing-company">reports. </a></p><p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:26:28 +0000 Emily Fox 9490 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . University of Michigan Health System reviewing policies in wake of national meningitis outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-health-system-reviewing-policies-wake-national-meningitis-outbreak <p>The<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html"> national meningitis outbreak</a> has officials at the University of Michigan Health System reviewing their policy for where they get some drugs that are in short supply.</p><p></p><p>The outbreak has been linked to tainted steroid injections from a ‘so-called’ compound pharmacy. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Four Michigan clinics used the tainted steroids to treat people with back pain. &nbsp;&nbsp;None of the clinics are associated with UMHS.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:56:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 9476 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan Health System reviewing policies in wake of national meningitis outbreak In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-91 <p><strong>No more Senate candidate debates</strong></p><p>"It appears there will be no debate between Senator Debbie Stabenow and former Congressman Pete Hoekstra. Stabenow called off talks to schedule the debates, saying her opponent won't negotiate in good faith. Hoestra says Stabenow is afraid to debate him. Senate candidates usually hold at least two debates. One debate has traditionally been held at the Detroit Economic Club. Hoekstra says the sticking point was holding debates in a medium that lots of voters could see. Hoekstra says he wanted debates on major TV networks," Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Meningitis cases continue to rise in Michigan</strong></p><p>"There’s been a big jump in the number of people in Michigan affected by that national fungal meningitis outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control says 39 people in Michigan have contracted fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections. Just Wednesday there were only 28 confirmed cases in Michigan. Three Michigan women have died since receiving the injections which were intended to treat back pain," Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/number-confirmed-fungal-meningitis-cases-michigan-jumps">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Medical Marijuana discussed in Michigan Supreme Court</strong></p><p>"The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the state’s medical marijuana law allows dispensaries and growing cooperatives. The court heard arguments in two medical marijuana cases today Thursday. Prosecutors say patients have to either grow their own, or get it from a licensed caregiver. Prosecutors say patients have to either grow their own, or get it from a licensed caregiver. The operators of a marijuana dispensary are challenging the county’s decision to shut down their operation. A man who ran a growing cooperative is also trying to fend off a charge that he exceeded the 12-plant limit in the law. The court is expected to rule in coming months. In the meantime, the Legislature is also looking at adding some definition to the medical marijuana law that was approved by voters in 2008," Rick Pluta <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-hears-medical-marijuana-cases">reports. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:21:21 +0000 Emily Fox 9464 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-89 <p><strong>Election complaint filed against Snyder</strong></p><p>"A ballot campaign has filed an elections complaint against Governor Rick Snyder. It says he’s using his official website and other state resources illegally to campaign against Proposal 5. Matt Davis is an attorney for the Proposal 5 campaign. That’s the one to require super-majority votes for the Legislature to raise taxes. Davis says Governor Snyder has posted videos to his official webpage, used staff time, and other public resources to campaign against the ballot question. The complaint was filed with the Michigan Secretary of State. A violation is punishable by a fine of a thousand dollars or a year in jail. Governor Snyder – who is a licensed attorney – says he’s on solid legal ground -- and will continue to campaign for the emergency manager law and against the five proposed amendments to the state constitution on the November ballot," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>More Asian carp DNA found</strong></p><p>"More DNA from Asian carp has been found in Chicago-area waters, and officials say an intensive search for the unwelcome fish will take place next week. A committee of federal and state agencies said Tuesday the search was triggered by the discovery of genetic material from Asian carp during three consecutive rounds of water sampling between June and September. Officials say the presence of Asian carp DNA doesn't necessarily signal the presence of live fish," the AP reports.</p><p><strong>Meningitis outbreak claims third life in Michigan</strong></p><p>"The Centers for Disease Control reports a third fatality in Michigan tied to a nationwide meningitis outbreak. The CDC now says 25 patients in Michigan are linked to the outbreak tied&nbsp; to tainted steroid injections. The injections were intended to relieve spinal pain.&nbsp;&nbsp; But a fungus contaminated the compound used in the injections. Nationwide the meningitis outbreak has sickened 119 people. Eleven people have died including three people in Michigan. The Centers for Disease Control believes as many as 13,000 people may have been exposed to the tainted steroid," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/cdc-meningitis-outbreak-claims-third-life-michigan">reports. </a><br> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:04:47 +0000 Emily Fox 9437 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . CDC: Meningitis outbreak claims third life in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/cdc-meningitis-outbreak-claims-third-life-michigan <p>The <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html">Centers for Disease Control</a> reports a third fatality in Michigan tied to a nationwide meningitis outbreak.</p><p></p><p>A 78 year old <span style="color: rgb(31, 73, 125);">Washtenaw County woman is the latest fatality.&nbsp;&nbsp; Previously,&nbsp; a 56 year old woman from Genesee County and a 67 year old woman from Livingston County were the only known fatalities in Michigan.</span></p><p></p><p>The CDC now says 25 patients in Michigan are linked to the outbreak tied to tainted steroid injections.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:19:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 9433 at http://michiganradio.org CDC: Meningitis outbreak claims third life in Michigan Stories of the meningitis outbreak in Michigan, cases treated in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/stories-meningitis-outbreak-michigan-cases-treated-ann-arbor <p>News about the meningitis outbreak continues this morning. The outbreak has been linked to patients receiving steroid injections for back pain. The steroid shots could be contaminated with a meningitis-causing fungus.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html">CDC</a>:</p><blockquote><p>At this point, there is not enough evidence to determine the original source of the outbreak, however there is a link to an injectable steroid medication.</p><p></p></blockquote><p>The company responsible for the medication, New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc., announced a recall on Oct. 6 "of all products currently in circulation that were compounded at and distributed from its facility in Framingham, Massachusetts."</p><p><a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hpXuvKJTrGbFXzJi7MZhs7qiEt6g?docId=75fc2db15446429f9adefcb14a68c6ce">Ed White of the Associated Press reports</a> on the heartbreaking case of 67-year-old Lilian Cary of Howell, Michigan.</p><p>Late last month, Cary had been responding to treatment at the University of Michigan hospital:</p><blockquote><p>"She was responding to medication. Her spirits were up. Her fever was broken," George Cary said. "She was walking the hallway and Skyping with grandsons."</p><p>But she became unresponsive Sept. 26, and eventually was removed from life support after suffering a stroke, he said.</p><p>Cary said he was informed Saturday that his wife had been treated with tainted steroids for back pain. The doctor at Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, one of four Michigan clinics to get shipments from the Massachusetts pharmacy, said Cary also was at risk.</p></blockquote><p>George Cary is now waiting to hear whether he was exposed when he received an injectable steroid shot.</p><p>The CDC reports that as many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in the outbreak, but who is in danger is unclear.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/meningitis-outbreak-up-to-13000-got-shots-of-recalled-steroid-but-how-many-at-risk-unclear/2012/10/08/c3c058a0-11a6-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_story.html">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>About 17,700 single-dose vials of the steroid sent to 23 states have been recalled. Inspectors found at least one sealed vial contaminated with fungus, and tests were being done on other vials.</p><p>The first known case of the rarely seen fungal meningitis was diagnosed last month in Tennessee.</p></blockquote><p>Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by a bacteria or virus. Exposure from fungi is a less common way to contract meningitis. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:35:20 +0000 Mark Brush 9427 at http://michiganradio.org Stories of the meningitis outbreak in Michigan, cases treated in Ann Arbor More Michigan cases reported in meningitis outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/more-michigan-cases-reported-meningitis-outbreak <p><strong>Update Monday, October 8, 5:04 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201210/FungalMeningPROct812.pdf">now reports 22 confirmed cases</a> of fungal meningitis in Michigan.</p><p>From the MDCH:</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 21:04:30 +0000 The Associated Press 9404 at http://michiganradio.org More Michigan cases reported in meningitis outbreak In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-87 <p><strong>Romney campaign in Michigan this week</strong></p><p>"Mitt Romney's campaign is showing Michigan some love this week. Romney's running mate Paul Ryan holds a rally at Oakland University tonight. That follows Saturday's appearance by Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in suburban Detroit. And this Friday, Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, will stop in Grand Rapids," Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Voter registration deadline is tomorrow</strong></p><p>The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is tomorrow. According to Michigan Secretary of State's <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1640_9150-287348--,00.html">website. </a></p><blockquote><p>"Voters may register by mail, at their county, city or township clerk's office, or by visiting any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633---,00.html">www.Michigan.gov/elections</a>. First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person in their first election, unless they hand-deliver the application to their local clerk, are 60 years old or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. To check their registration status, residents may visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1633-49313--,00.html">www.Michigan.gov/vote</a>. On the website, residents can view a sample ballot, find their polling location, learn about absentee voting, get information on Michigan's voter ID laws and view contact information for their local clerk."</p><p></p></blockquote><p><strong>Twenty cases of meningitis in Michigan</strong></p><p>"At least 20 cases of meningitis have been confirmed in Michigan, including two deaths. The meningitis outbreak has been linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The steroid has been recalled," the AP reports.</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:03:53 +0000 Emily Fox 9405 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . 2 Michigan deaths reported in meningitis outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-deaths-reported-meningitis-outbreak <p>Officials say there are at least eight confirmed cases of meningitis in Michigan, including two deaths.<br><br>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186--287628--,00.html">Michigan Department of Community Healt</a>h said Saturday it won't be able to release any details about the deaths until after the weekend.<br><br>The meningitis outbreak has been linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The steroid has been recalled, and officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have been injected with it.<br> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 21:26:37 +0000 The Associated Press 9402 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan meningitis cases tied to outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-meningitis-cases-tied-outbreak <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials are reporting six cases of fungal meningitis linked to injections of a recalled back-pain medication.<br><br> St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor spokesman Kevin DiCola says six cases are being treated at that hospital.<br><br> In all, there are 47 cases in seven states with five deaths.<br><br> Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina and Indiana had previously reported cases.<br><br> The Michigan Department of Community Health expects the number of cases to rise.<br> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 00:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 9399 at http://michiganradio.org