Steroid supplier lacked key license to sell in bulk, Minnesota official says

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 10, 2012 - 6:36 AM

Massachusetts drug firm not authorized to sell doses in bulk, Minnesota officials say.

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mspsueOct. 9, 1212:46 PM

Your story says "A Twin Cities pain clinic at the center of a national meningitis outbreak"... MAPS is not at the center of the outbreak, the pharmacy that created the drug is at the center. MAPS finds itself a part of the outbreak. Actually a small part. Other states and other clinics have more offices and patients involved. I'm a patient who received the tainted meds and I do not fault MAPS at all. They were great, as usual. Let's put the facts where they belong, Strib.

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andersod62Oct. 9, 1212:56 PM

Can you say..., LAWSUIT !!!! I hope that New England plant has deep pockets..., their gonna need them....

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sharblaz1Oct. 9, 12 1:55 PM

MAPS went with the cheapest product they could get. It's all about the profit margin. See how you feel if you get meningitis. The compounding company will have gone bankrupt who do you think will be responsible?

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nomedsOct. 9, 12 2:43 PM

"Can you say..., LAWSUIT !!!! I hope that New England plant has deep pockets..., their gonna need them" Why? They will do like any other corporation and file for bankruptcy and have all their debts including any judgements discharged and then start up again since only intentional torts cannot be discharged through bankruptcy.

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hecklesOct. 9, 12 2:49 PM

sharblaz~MAPS isnt the only place to receive these shots. It was a big company that sent them out and MAPS is not at fault. However, they are taking responsibility and been amazing with patients and assuring they do all they can to rectify the situation. I give MAPS great props for coming forth (before the news) and informing patients and doing everything they can to assure their patients come out on top.

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jaccolaOct. 9, 12 3:34 PM

Why is this news? It's the least I would expect the clinic to do.

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mandmpOct. 9, 12 7:57 PM

I received a phone call on Saturday and again on Sunday from the Minnesota Department of Health, yes on 8.09.12 I received injections in 6 disks in my upper neck from the batch of steroids that has the fungus, it's been 8 weeks and so far I'm OK. I'll be back at MAPS with the same doctor in 2 weeks to get 5 to 7 more injections in my disks. I have total confidence in MAPS and their staff.

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grandpa64Oct. 9, 12 8:08 PM

I want to know, How much is the cost of the Help? And who is paying?

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terrymonroeOct. 10, 1212:22 AM

As someone who has had multiple spinal injections in the past I am absolutely horrified. It was MAPS' responsibility to make sure that the pharmacy was licensed in Minnesota. Steroid injections are a big money maker for clinics and they bear the responsibility to make sure that they are purchasing product from a reputable scource. After three of my injections I have been told that I have arachnoiditis which probably was caused by the injections The last time they suggested it I said I wanted no part of it,

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terrymonroeOct. 10, 12 1:25 AM

I have had multiple spinal injections in past years at the North Memorial Hospital.I am horrified that the people in charge at Maps did not insure that they were using a pharmacy that was licenced to do business in Minnesota.I have arachnoditis which was probably a result of having multiple injections and have had a Physician tell me that he probably doesn't disagee with me on that point and I will not be having any more. Injections are big money for these clinics and someone needs to be making sure that they are following licencing requirements in Minnesota.Dr. Schultz's responsibility is to know what is in very vial that he is asking hs staff to inject

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