steroid http://michiganradio.org en Schuette asks for grand jury to investigate steroid illnesses, deaths http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-asks-grand-jury-investigate-steroid-illnesses-deaths-0 <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has called for a grand jury investigation into an outbreak of meningitis and other illnesses caused by tainted steroids.</p><p>The contaminated medicine has been linked to 259 cases of illness and 14 deaths in the state.</p><p>The attorney general filed his request with the Michigan Court of Appeals. If the court says yes, a judge and up to 17 grand jurors would conduct the inquiry into whether any crimes were committed. The proceedings would be secret.</p><p>It’s an unusual step, but Schuette says the grand jury would have sweeping authority to do its job.</p><p>“Now, this grand jury can be empowered to fully investigate this human tragedy, these 14 deaths and painful illnesses, with the greatest power extended under Michigan law. "</p><p>The grand jury would meet in secret. It would have the power to compel people to appear and testify. And it could ask a Massachusetts court to order employees of the pharmacy that made the drug to cooperate.</p><p>The judge to lead the investigation and the grand jurors would be drawn from Macomb, Genesee, Livingston, and Grand Traverse counties.</p><p>Those counties are where the clinics that administered the contaminated steroid injections are located. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:32:57 +0000 Rick Pluta 11880 at http://michiganradio.org Schuette asks for grand jury to investigate steroid illnesses, deaths 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 Michigan cases tied to meningitis outbreak hit 197 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-cases-tied-meningitis-outbreak-hit-197 <p>Michigan health officials say the number of state residents infected during a national outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen by nine to 197, with 13 deaths.<br><br>The Michigan Department of Community Health says that as of Friday, there have been 68 meningitis cases, 116 epidural abscesses, one stroke and 13 joint infections. The total of 197 infections is up from 188 in Wednesday's count.</p> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 23:26:18 +0000 Kyle Norris 10170 at http://michiganradio.org Number of confirmed fungal meningitis cases in Michigan jumps http://michiganradio.org/post/number-confirmed-fungal-meningitis-cases-michigan-jumps <p>There’s been a big jump in the number of people <a href="http://mi.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186--287628--,00.html">in Michigan</a> affected by that national fungal meningitis outbreak.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html"> Centers for Disease Control</a> says 39 people in Michigan have contracted fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections.&nbsp; Just Wednesday, the CDC listed only 28 confirmed cases in Michigan.</p><p>Three Michigan women have died since receiving the injections, which were intended to treat back pain.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:36:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 9460 at http://michiganradio.org Number of confirmed fungal meningitis cases in Michigan jumps