Pain Resource Presents “PainPod” (PodCast) #1: The Meningitis Outbreak of October 2012 with Jon Brock and Dr. John Prunskis, M.D., F.I.P.P.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced a nationwide alert about an outbreak of non-contagious Fungal Meningitis. It infected those who received certain tainted injections of methylprednisolone (an anti-inflammatory drug, also known as A-Methapred, Solu-Medrol, or Depo-Medrol). Approximately 14,000 patients were injected with possibly affected lots of this medicine. It was recalled by the NECC on October 6th, and as of October 31st, is unlikely to still be in any form of circulation.
For more information on this outbreak, our Producer & Editor Jon Brock contacted Dr. John Prunskis, founder and co-Medical Director of the Illinois Pain Institute.
Below is our conversation with him, distributed as our first “PainPod” (a PodCast for pain).
There have been a few updates on the situation since this was recorded:
As of November 2nd, a reported 386 cases of fungal meningitis have been discovered, 28 of which have been fatal. Tennessee and Michigan appear to be hardest-hit.
For regularly-updated statistics on the outbreak, visit the CDC’s Meningitis Map, and the CDC’s Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation.