Mold forces recall by New Jersey pharmacy; Florida student planning attack kills himself

March 18, 2013
New Jersey
Mold forces recall
of pharmacy drugs

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting hospitals and patients to a voluntary recall by a New Jersey compounding pharmacy of all its medications, after fungus was found in bags of one drug shipped to a Connecticut hospital.

The FDA said Monday that there were no reports of injury or illness linked to the drug, made by Med Prep Consulting of Tinton Falls, N.J. Med Prep issued the recall after health-care personnel observed “floating particles, later identified to be a fungus” in five bags of magnesium sulfate solution, an FDA statement said. Magnesium sulfate is widely used to steady the heartbeat after surgery and to prevent a life-threatening condition of pregnancy known as pre-eclampsia.

The company, which has customers in all 50 states has agreed to stop operations until at least March 22, a New Jersey Board of Pharmacy spokesman said.

— Lena Sun

florida
Student planning attack kills himself

A college student with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a backpack filled with explosives pulled a dorm fire alarm Monday in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them, authorities said. But he instead put a bullet in his head as police closed in.

James Oliver Seevakumaran, 30, was found dead in his dorm room at the 51,000-student Orlando campus of the University of Central Florida. No one else was hurt.

Some 500 students were evacuated from the building in the middle of the night. Detectives found notes and other writings that indicated Seevakumaran had carefully planned an attack.

— Associated Press

Organ donor in rabies case identified: A North Carolina woman said Monday she wasn’t surprised to learn that her child’s father was the Air Force aviation mechanic whose rabies-infected organs were transplanted into other recipients, including a Maryland man who died. Alecia Mercer, 20, of Trenton, N.C., told the Associated Press that she was dubious when the military told her that William Edward Small died of a stomach virus in September 2011 while training in Florida. But she said military officials assured her that was the cause. Mercer said Small was an avid hunter.

— Associated Press

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