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Specialty Compounding Faces Legal Action

Destiny Baker3 years ago

The Austin, Texas compounding pharmacy, Specialty Compounding, linked to a series of bacterial infections in Corpus Christi hospital patients is now facing legal action. Meanwhile, the Corpus Christi Medical Center is requesting that some patients who received high doses of calcium gluconate return to the hospital for additional testing.

Temporary Restraining Order Filed Against Specialty Compounding

“This is a very broad order to prevent any destruction of evidence that can help in the investigation of why this occurred, who knew it was occurring and how long it has been occurring.” – Thomas J. Henry as published by the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

  • Wednesday, County Court-at-Law No. 2:  Judge Lisa Gonzales signed a temporary restraining order against Specialty Compounding.
  • The restraining order, filed by Thomas J. Henry, requires that Specialty Compounding preserve any evident including medical and pharmaceutical records, remaining quantities of calcium gluconate, marketing and promotional documents, lists of customers and purchase contracts.
  • Mr. Henry is representing 19 people claiming injuries tied to the Specialty Compounding infections, including the families of the four patients who allegedly died after developing the bacterial infection linked to the calcium gluconate treatments.

Corpus Christi Medical Center Request Patients to Return for Further Testing

  • According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, the Corpus Christi Medical Center (CCMC) has issued a release stating it will be notifying 114 patients who were received calcium gluconate treatment that may be linked to Specialty Compounding.
  • The CCMC is also requesting that 25 people who received high doses of the drug return for additional testing.
  • According to the release, the outbreak was identified when a lab technician discovered that multiple blood cultures shared the same bacterium, Rhodococcus equi.
  • The pattern of bacterium was then linked to an additive from Specialty Compounding resulting in a recall.
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