Our firm is handling a number of cases arising out of the making and distributing of tainted IV nutritional products in Alabama hospitals. An investigation has revealed that the bacteria linked to the deaths of at least nine people in Alabama hospitals who received the tainted IV nutrition was found in tap water at the compounding pharmacy, an amino acid solution and equipment used there for compounding. The investigation was done by the Alabama State Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Birmingham-based pharmacy, Meds IV, mixed the intravenous nutritional supplements, called total parenteral nutrition or TPN, which are given to patients who cannot eat or be tube-fed. The product is believed to have been delivered to six Alabama hospitals. At least 19 patients were infected with Serratia marcescens, a bacteria that can be lethal if it enters the bloodstream, and the tragic deaths and serious injuries resulted.
In a news conference last month, State Health Officer Don Williamson said that the same strain of the virus was found on a water faucet that provided tap water that was used to clean some of the mixing equipment at Meds IV. The same strain was also found inside a mixing vessel, stirrer and an amino acid solution that was a component of TPN. Dr. Williamson said that was probably contaminated in the pharmacy. He said investigators are now looking more closely at whether Meds IV filtered the product correctly to catch the bacteria.
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