Man Whose Wife Died of Meningitis Now Has It, Too
Michigan couple each got steroid injection
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2012 5:54 PM CDT
In this Oct. 9 photo, George Cary speaks at his home in Howell, Mich., with his daughters Heather Andrus, 33, center, and Jill Bloser, 43.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – George Cary lost his wife to the outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 24 people so far, and now he has to deal with the disease himself. The 65-year-old Michigan resident tells the AP that he is hospitalized and undergoing treatment. Both he and his wife, Lilian, got shots for back and neck pain at a clinic that used contaminated drugs from a New England pharmacy. Lilian died late last month, and George developed symptoms last weekend.

"I am feeling much better," he says. "The doctors will monitor liver and kidney function and how well I respond to the side effects."

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Linmarvan
Oct 25, 2012 3:05 PM CDT
The F.D.A. did develop a clear set of rules for compounding, but subsequent litigation culminated in a Supreme Court decision in 2002 that struck them down. THOMPSON V. WESTERN STATES MEDICAL CENTER (01-344) 535 U. S. 357 The problem is NOT deregulation. The FDA has never had authority over the compounders; they are overseen by state pharmacy boards with different levels of authority. The problem is a total lack of regulation at the federal level because since these firms don't manufacture the drugs they don't fall under the FDA's purview and never have. That is a completely different issue from deregulation.
Scaramouche
Oct 25, 2012 12:54 AM CDT
This world fucking hurts. Good thing we have humor, or I think I'd probably snuff myself. Seriously, if you're hurting too much, go drink some tequila (or rum, not picky) and watch some good stand up. Please?
apocalypso
Oct 24, 2012 6:15 PM CDT
LOL, FDA oversight? HILARIOUS!!! They are the most useless organization since the AMA.