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Nov 18, 2013 4:17 PM

Pharmacy: Bacteria That Affected Patients Was Not In Our Medications

CORPUS CHRISTI - There's new information about the investigation into Specialty Compounding Pharmacy near Austin. Back in August, at least 17 people became ill at Corpus Christi area hospitals after they were given calcium gluconate that came from that pharmacy.

Today the pharmacy issued a statement saying they were not the source of the contamination.

The medications were administered intravenously by staff at Doctors Regional and Bay Area Medical Center. Two of the patients later died. There's a lawsuit in the works by those families.

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced their investigation had found five kinds of bacteria in the calcium gluconate:

  • Kocuria kristinae
  • Kocuria varians
  • Gardnerella vaginalis
  • Streptococcus pluranimalium
  • Streptococcus thoraltensis

The agency recommended the company no longer produce any medication that requires an IV or injection.

Today we received a statement from Specialty Compounding. It states the FDA investigators found no trace of the bacteria, rhodococcus equi. According to the pharmacy, that's the bacteria behind the patient illnesses.

"The pharmacy's own testing similarly detected no Rhodococcus equi in its facility, in its products, or on its personnel. For this reason, it seems clear that Specialty Compounding was not the source of the infections," the statement continues.


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