Democrats and Republicans in Washington have come together in the House to pass legislation aimed at improving the safety of prescription drugs.
Health officials in New Jersey said a total of 46 cases of fungal meningitis and other fungal infections have now been reported in the state.
New Jersey health officials said there have been no reported deaths in the state and 15 patients remain hospitalized with the illness.
State health officials say no one in New Jersey has died from the illness. Twelve patients remain hospitalized, and all of those sickened continue to recover.
Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Health, said the illness is not fungal meningitis, which has infected 250 people and killed at least 20 nationwide.
The two cases bring the total in the state to four. All four patients are residents of Cumberland County.
The Department of Health said a 57-year-old Cumberland County man has been hospitalized at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center at Vineland with presumptive fungal meningitis.
So far, no cases of the fungal meningitis have been reported in the Tri-State Area.
Blumenthal said the compound pharmacies appear to operate in a “regulatory black hole,” which must be closed.
Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said no cases have been uncovered in New Jersey, but in a statement said “This is an ongoing investigation and the full scope of the affected patients and facilities is not yet known.”
Five people have died after being injected with a steroid often used for back pain. The drug was distributed to 23 states, including New Jersey, and now officials are scrambling to see who may have been infected.