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Doctors say no fungal meningitis outbreak in WI


WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WAOW) -  The Massachusetts pharmacy that supplied the steroid blamed for the deadly meningitis outbreak isn't licensed to distribute the drug in Minnesota.

The state says the New England Compounding Center should have been licensed as a wholesaler and manufacturer in order to sell the drug in bulk to clinics.

The company has a Minnesota pharmacy license, but that license only allows filling of individual prescriptions.

No comment on whether the board is investigating.

The fungal meningitis outbreak has sickened 137 people and killed 12.

In Minnesota, three women have become ill. The medicine was sent to 23 states. Wisconsin is not thought to be among them.

Dr. Richard Besser  ABC News Chief Medical Consultant says,  "From the maps it doesn't look like the drug made it to Wisconsin. But if someone was traveling elsewhere and got an injection they need to make sure that clinic did not have the contaminated drug."

During his interview with WAOW-TV, Dr. Besser also said this situation draws attention to the need for more oversight on drug makers.




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