This weekend we are continuing to watch the numbers in the ongoing outbreak of fungal meningitis that has gripped the nation and led Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to ask regulators to suspend a license that allows a Massachusetts pharmacy to do business in his state.
Schuette is targeting New England Compounding Pharmacy, which is blamed for the rare meningitis outbreak in Michigan and other states. Officials believe contaminated steroids injected for back pain spread a fungal form of the illness.
Schuette said Friday that New England Compounding was licensed only to fill prescriptions for individual Michigan residents, not manufacture drugs. Four Michigan clinics used steroids shipped by the pharmacy. Schuette's complaint will be handled by the Bureau of Health Professions.
Michigan has at least 39 cases of meningitis, including four deaths. The family of an 89-year-old Cass County, Michigan woman told us they believe she died of fungal meningitis after receiving two injections of the tainted drug at the OSMC surgery center in Elkhart.
A relative says the family is awaiting autopsy results to confirm Pauline Burema's cause of death.
Indiana now has 24 cases involving patients at six health facilities.