Meningitis-linked firm sold drugs without prescriptions

NECC, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, distributed thousands of vials of a contaminated steroid that has put 14,000 people at risk of contracting meningitis. Photo: AFP

The drug-mixing company at the heart of a deadly US meningitis outbreak solicited bulk orders from physicians and failed to require proof of individual patient prescriptions as required under state regulations, e-mails to a customer show.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Governor's bad call in fungal scare

In an embarrassing mistake, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave out a phone-sex number to people seeking information on a fungal meningitis outbreak.

Scott was providing an update on the outbreak at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday when he announced what he said was the hotline's toll-free phone line, but gave out the wrong number.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

'Regulate pharmacy industry', United States told

A vial of the tainted injectable steroids believed to have triggered the outbreak that has killed 12 people. Photo: AP

The deadly meningitis outbreak in the United States blamed on a tainted drug has triggered outraged calls for tighter regulation of the pharmaceutical compounding industry.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

Death toll rises in US meningitis outbreak

Vials of an injectable steroid that has been recalled after it was linked to an outbreak of meningitis. Photo: AP

The death toll from an American meningitis outbreak linked to tainted medication has reached 12, according to US officials, who have documented more than 120 infections in 10 states.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, October 10, 2012

Georgia's Mikheil Saakashvili (left) meets Bidzina Ivanishvili.

UN revises number of hungry to 870 million

10 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

Medication linked to rare meningitis outbreak in US

Dr Lucy Wilson, chief of surveillance, infection protection and outbreak response with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, speaks during a news conference in Baltimore on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A steroid medication linked to the death of at least five people from rare fungal meningitis may have been administered to patients in 23 states, raising fears the rare outbreak could spread.

5 Oct 2012 - 3:50pm

Authorities investigating father's hospital complaint over newborn

Health authorities are investigating allegations by a man that his wife and newborn son received poor treatment at Baptist Hospital that resulted in the boy suffering convulsions and requiring intensive care.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Workers flee Games site fearing meningitis in 'overcrowded and appalling conditions'

Workers who have fled the site where the 2010 Commonwealth Games village is being built say meningitis has killed between 50 and 120 of their colleagues because of unhygienic living conditions.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Halal meningitis vaccine

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

HK children set to get new strep vaccine

Plan to fight meningitis, pneumonia

A vaccine that helps prevent an infection that causes meningitis and a serious form of pneumonia is likely to be offered to all newborns in Hong Kong in a HK$100 million programme under government consideration.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

City Briefs

HK Disneyland chief keen on 'city pass' scheme

21 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Vaccine to be introduced

Hong Kong has become the first place in Asia to introduce a vaccine against the bacterial pneumococcal disease that kills 720,000 children worldwide each year.

Streptococcus pneumoniae - also known as pneumococcus - causes pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia and ear infections.

19 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Shanghai tests dead baby for meningitis

Authorities are testing samples from an infant who died in a Shanghai hospital to determine whether the city has suffered its first known fatality from type-C meningococcal meningitis, medical sources said yesterday.

4 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Travellers cautioned on meningitis risks

Government hotline swamped with calls as fear of the contagious disease spreads

Hong Kong people were warned yesterday that if they could not avoid travelling to places with a high incidence of meningitis they should wear surgical masks and use an anti-bacterial hand wash.

3 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Deadly outbreak

How should Hong Kong protect itself against a serious outbreak of bacterial meningitis that has killed 16 people on the mainland in the past six weeks? One case has been reported in Guangdong. Share your views: write to us

2 Feb 2005 - 12:00am