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    Update on NECC Products: Samples of Betamethasone and Cardioplegia Solution Test Positive for Bacterial Contamination

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting laboratory results from samples of two additional recalled NECC products – preservative free betamethasone and cardioplegia solution. Previously, the fungus Exserohilum rostratum was identified in NECC-supplied, preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA).

    The FDA and CDC laboratories have identified bacteria present in three separate lots (batches) of NECC-supplied preservative-free betamethasone, with each lot producing different culture results, and in a single lot of NECC cardioplegia solution.

    The clinical significance of these results is not known. Both Bacillus idriensis and Bacillus circulans have been rarely reported as a cause of human disease. CDC continues to investigate reports of potential infections in patients receiving other NECC products. As of Nov. 1, CDC has not received reports of laboratory-confirmed cases of infection due to Bacillus or closely related organisms linked to betamethasone or cardioplegia solution from NECC.

    Fungal cultures for betamethasone and cardioplegia solution are pending and the presence of additional microbial organisms and/or fungus in these products cannot be ruled out at this time.

    For more information, including lot numbers and microbial identification, please visit: NECC Update

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