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FDA OKs Pfizer meningitis vaccine

(AP) Federal health regulators have approved the first vaccine to prevent a potentially deadly form of bacterial meningitis often associated with college dormitories. The Food and Drug Administration says it cleared Pfizer’s Trumenba to prevent a subtype of Meningococcal disease ...

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Md. waited to alert public on meningitis

WASHINGTON — Maryland health officials who learned of a potential link between a spinal steroid shot and cases of fungal meningitis waited nearly a week before alerting the general public. State epidemiologist David Blythe said in an interview this week ...

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Justice Department official wants trustee in meningitis case

BOSTON — An independent trustee must be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak because of the firm’s “gross mismanagement,” among other reasons, a Justice Department official argued Tuesday. U.S. Trustee William Harrington ...

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Republicans grill FDA chief on meningitis outbreak

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers challenged the country’s top medical regulator Wednesday to explain why her agency did not take action sooner against the specialty pharmacy at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg ...

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FDA chief will testify at first meningitis hearing

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers investigating a nationwide outbreak of deadly meningitis have summoned the head of the Food and Drug Administration to testify at the first congressional hearing on the issue next week. The Energy & Commerce Committee said Monday ...

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Meningitis outbreak toll: 363 cases, 28 deaths

An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Illnesses: 363, including seven ...

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