Both Barton Health and Carson Tahoe Regional Medical centers have issued statements that they do not purchase drugs from the New England Compounding Center, the company accused of selling contaminated steroid injections that have reportedly caused fungal meningitis.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 137 persons with fungal meningitis reported to be linked to epidural steroid injections of the steroid, methylprednisolone and 12 related deaths. The contamination of these epidural injections was the result of contamination by NECC, a single compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.
Persons with Meningitis linked to the epidural steroid injections been reported in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia, with Tennessee having the highest case count and death rate. The CDC reported this form of meningitis is not contagious. Along with the Food and Drug Administration, the CDC is coordinating a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection with a potentially contaminated product.
For more information on the recall or facilities that received the epidural steroid injection and patient guidance, visit www.CDC.gov.