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Meningitis outbreak toll: 184 cases in 12 states
By The Associated Press
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:
States: 12; Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
FDA regulation of pharmacies has knotty history
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated pain injections has prompted renewed calls for tighter federal regulation of compounding pharmacies, which have periodically been blamed for crippling and sometimes fatal injuries.
Previous efforts have prompted vigorous pushback by compounding pharmacists, with the result being a patchwork of laws and uncertainty over how much power the Food and Drug Administration has to regulate compounders.
Several members of Congress this week have promised to introduce legislation giving the FDA greater authority to oversee the specialty pharmacies, which a trade group says have grown into a $3 billion business. An FDA official suggests the agency would support new laws on the issue as well.
The president of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists says he would "absolutely" cooperate with federal officials on new laws to prevent outbreaks. But he adds that the New England Compounding Center appears to have been acting as a manufacturer -- which he says "runs contrary to what a compounding pharmacy is all about."
Posted: Friday, October 12 2012, 04:37 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Education board to consider waivers for Moore
May 23, 2013 01:15 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma State Board of Education is expected to consider waivers for public schools in the tornado-ravaged community of Moore.
The State Board of Education meets Thursday in Oklahoma City. It's slated to consider waivers for Moore Public Schools relating to instructional days and filing deadlines for certain reports.
The Central Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross is also expected to attend the meeting to discuss storing donated supplies after a monstrous tornado hit Moore Monday and killed 24 people, including 10 children.
Seven of the children were pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore.
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Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: TEENS MOVING TO TWITTER TO DODGE PARENTS, OTHER BORES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you're one of those parents who are on Facebook in part to keep an eye on what your kids are up to -- here's a news flash: your kids are on to you and have moved to Twitter.
DOG BEACH WEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.