What is the drug involved in the NECC Fungal Meningitis Outbreak?
It is called methylprednisone, and it is from one company, New England Compounding center, or NECC.
It was shipped to 23 states, and there are over 17,000 vials of this product that have been recalled due to their involvement with this outbreak of fungal meningitis.
Compounding centers like NECC do not require FDA approval and are not regulated by the FDA. They are mostly regulated by state pharmacy laws. However if there is an outbreak such as there is now, the FDA may step in and investigate, as it has in this case. NECC has surrendered its license to make any further compounding of drugs, including methylpredinsone.