2 Texas Patients who Received Recalled Drug Die

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Texas health officials say no link has been found between a compounded drug and two patients who developed infections after receiving it before its recall.

The Federal Drug Administration recalled all products produced by Specialty Compounding of Cedar Park, Texas, after reports of bacterial infections affecting 17 patients at two Corpus Christi hospitals.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services says the two patients who have died had been administered the calcium gluconate. Spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, however, that the cause of death is not yet known and no link to the medication has been established.

The company has said the recalled products were sent directly to patients nationwide, except in North Carolina. They were also distributed to Texas hospitals and physicians.

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