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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lab That Made Tainted Steroid Shots to Get 'CSI' Treatment

The "investigators" can start by looking at CDC, Ft. Detrick; CSI is and always has been a fantasy show for fruitcakes, as will this "investigation" being done by the very same people who created this weaponized bacteria and cut it loose on the American population; Massachusetts lab was set up to take the fall for them   

Christian Science Monitor
By Pete Spotts
10/24/2012

Investigators are sifting through records and testing a Massachusetts lab to determine how a fungus associated with a form of meningitis worked its way into products that should have been sterile.


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"It's really 'CSI' stuff," says Eric Kastango, president and owner of ClincalIQ, a New Jersey-based consulting firm that aims to help the industry meet safety standards. "The microoganism in the vials is the same microoganism in the patients. The question is: How did it get in the vials in the pharmacy?"

The incident involves the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass., which is no stranger to regulator scrutiny. Records released Monday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health indicate that the company has been the subject of several complaints and inspections since 1999.

In the current case, large shipments of injectable steroid formulated by NECC have sickened 308 people in 17 states and killed at least 23, according to figures updated on Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Some 14,000 patients in all may have received contaminated injections.

Compounding pharmacies typically produce limited quantities of medicines whose formulation or dose is tailored to patients – pets as well as people – whose doctors deem as inappropriate treatment standard doses of mass-produced medicine. In addition, hospital pharmacies can tap advanced compounding pharmacies for some of the sterile medicines the hospitals use.


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The US hosts more than 7,500 pharmacies that provide advanced compounding services, according to the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacies. Of those, some 3,000 produce sterile compounds.

Contamination incidents involving sterile compounds from compounding pharmacies are rare, but they do happen. Between 1990 and early 2012, at least 21 incidents involving contaminated sterile medicines from compounding pharmacies have occurred, killing 25 patients and leaving more than 120 others with serious side effects, according to a list compiled for the Institute of Safe Medication Practices, based in Horhsam, Pa.

In some ways, the potential for at least tiny amounts of contamination comes with any compounding, acknowledges Kara Weatherman, a pharmacist and clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Purdue University in West Lafayatte, Ind.

"You try to avoid the potential for contamination," she says. "But unless you're working in an environment where there are no particles, there's always a chance that something is going to end up in your product."

In the case of microoganisms such as the fungus in the NECC products, the longer a vial sits around waiting to be shipped or used, the longer the microoganisms have to expand their colony. Testing a product before it leaves the pharmacy to ensure it's sterile can in some cases take up to 14 days – which can be impractical if the shipment is urgent.

"In those cases you just say: 'OK, we're only going to use this drug for five days.' You limit the shelf life," she says, to prevent any microbial contaminants from going into population overdrive.

How materials were stored and how long were they in storage are two issues that investigators look into, says Edmund Elder Jr., director of the Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

According to Food and Drug Administration records, one of the agency's concerns about NECC in 2006 was that it repackaged sterile, injectable drugs – a process that exposes the sterile drug to contamination as vials are opened and the contents are transferred to syringes. The FDA warning letter also raised related storage issues.

Beyond process issues, the company also has come under scrutiny for the large amounts of drugs it produces.

"We're finding out that volume out of this pharmacy was astronomical," says Mr. Kastango says. The numbers suggest that its operation had crossed the divide between compounding to match prescriptions and out-and-out manufacturing, he adds.

The fungus involved in the NECC case can crop up in homes, soils, water supplies, or the air, says Dr. Elder, who has participated in investigations of previous incidents at compounding pharmacies. It can enter a lab on shoes, on the lab coat of someone outside taking a break and not changing into clean lab garb after returning, or though air ducts, adds Mr. Kastango, pointing to past examples.

Investigators typically aim to pinpoint the pathway by which a contaminant entered the product. But they also eye a pharmacy's environmental-monitoring effort, which is supposed to check for the presence of potential contaminant organisms within the facility. Such efforts are included in a detailed set of international standards, which is the foundation for federal regulations as well as regulations in many states. The standards also call for periodic checks of employees – swab-testing hands and lab suits, for instance.

Inside a facility, some small amount of contamination may be present, specialists say. The key is to make sure minimal contamination remains minimal.

Reflecting on incidents he's helped investigate, Elder draws an analogy to a catastrophic airliner crash: "You can have single things go wrong in any flight, and the plane still lands in the end. But if you have multiple things go wrong, and the pilots involved don't react appropriately, we see a catastrophic event."

"It's not necessarily one thing that went wrong, but a number of different things that went wrong that sometimes have built up over time," he adds."Someone took a shortcut, nothing happened, so that becomes their normal way of operating."


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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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