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Meningitis outbreak challenges hospital pharmacies

from American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Pharmacists involved in the care of patients with fungal meningitis say both clinical and administrative issues are important in the response to the outbreak. Before the infections were linked to tainted injectable medications made by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., no one knew what was making the patients sick. "Initially, just trying to figure out what was wrong with these patients — that was really the hard time," said Mark Sullivan, director of pharmacy operations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. more

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