People with heart and eye trouble may have to worry tonight about the medicines they took.
The meningitis outbreak could involve more injections than those for back pain.
On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration said a patient who might have meningitis received a different kind of shot than the one blamed in hundreds of other cases.
Investigators also learned of fungal infections in two patients who had heart procedures.
All of it surrounds a pharmacy company called New England Compounding Center.
The FDA said it now has a "significant concern" about most everything made there.
A Hendersonville family on Monday filed a $15 million lawsuit against the company.
Janet Russell's family sued NECC claiming negligence, but clearly they are not the only ones who have a big problem with the way the company did business.
As science revealed new problems for the company at the center of the meningitis outbreak, the law did the same today.
The State Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously to allow New England Compounding Center to voluntarily surrender its license in Tennessee.
The Massachusetts company shipped tainted epidural injections to 23 states, sickening 214 patients so far.
"This has been, obviously, a catastrophe," said attorney John Smith. "After this point in time, we're going to be taking a careful look at making sure that compounding companies comply with our law."
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday revealed several other big issues surrounding NECC and its medicines, including a possible meningitis case connected with another NECC medicine, not the injectable steroid at the center of the outbreak.
Also, the FDA reported two cases of fungal infection in patients who had a NECC product used during open-heart surgery.
Combined, it was enough for the FDA to declare a "significant concern" about any of NECC's injectable drugs.
As the problems continue to mount for NECC, so too do theories about what some perceive as a possibly bigger issue.
"I think it really boils down to this drug shortage issue we're facing at a national level," said Micah Cost, Tennessee Pharmacists Association. "This particular product in this particular dosage form wasn't available so they had to seek other avenues. So really, one of the drivers of this problem is the drug shortage we're facing at a national level."
In Nashville for a speech at Meharry Medical College, the woman in charge at the FDA could not ignore the obvious.
"The FDA has been working closely with the CDC and the states, including Tennessee, to identify the source and cause of this devastating outbreak and to limit the further risk," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. "We've been in close communication with Tennessee public health officials from the start and that cooperation and partnership has continued as we further investigate the situation."
The State Board of Pharmacy also plans to take action against the pharmacist in charge for NECC. That could happen by the end of the week.
In light of the new concerns, the FDA said patients should be "alerted to the potential risk of infection."
If you're worried about a recent procedure, ask your physician if he or she used any products made by NECC and watch your health carefully.
Copyright 2012 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:39:27 GMT
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a high-speed chase that came to a deadly end over the weekend, and police say as far as they can tell it was all over a speeding ticket. Shelbyville officersMore >>
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a high-speed chase that came to a deadly end over the weekend, and police say as far as they can tell it was all over a speeding ticket.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:14 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:14:20 GMT
A father is facing charges after police said he left his young kids in a hot car Monday in the Gulch area downtown. Police said the dad, Tranquilo Camaja-Lajon, went to orientation for a new job and broughtMore >>
A father is facing charges after police said he left his young kids in a hot car Monday in the Gulch area of downtown.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:00:18 GMT
Power was knocked out to thousands of residents in Nashville overnight after a truck slammed into a pole on White Bridge Road. The crash happened at about 10:50 p.m. Monday near Corbett Lane. As of 6More >>
Power was knocked out to hundreds of residents in Nashville overnight after a truck slammed into a pole on White Bridge Road.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>