Investigators link outbreaks of fungal endophthalmitis to medications from same compounding pharmacy

Two recent outbreaks of fungal endophthalmitis caused by environmental mold contamination were traced to compounded medications labeled as sterile from the same compounding pharmacy, according to results of a multistate investigation by the CDC.The first reports of this outbreak surfaced in Los Angeles County in nine patients of the same ambulatory surgery center. All patients had undergone pars plana vitrectomy, and all had been exposed to the same lot of brilliant blue G (BBG) dye, which is used to stain the epiretinal membrane during the vitrectomy procedure. The BBG utilized (Read more...)