Custom-mixed medicines like the steroid shots suspected in a meningitis outbreak have long been a source of concern, and their use is far wider than many people realize.
These medicines are made in private and hospital pharmacies and used to treat everything from cancer to menopause symptoms to vision loss.
Often these products are name-brand medicines split into smaller doses, or drug combinations mixed from ingredients sold in bulk. That can easily lead to contamination if sterile conditions aren't maintained. The germ suspected in the current outbreak can spread in the air.
A shortage of many drugs has forced doctors to stretch supplies and seek custom-made alternatives if the first-choice treatment was not available.
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