More Metro-East facilities connected to company tied to meningitis outbreak

More Metro-East facilities connected to company tied to meningitis outbreak

More Metro-East facilities connected to company tied to meningitis outbreak

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 24 at 4:31 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- More Metro-East medical facilities may have received medication from the New England Compounding Company (NECC), a manufacturer that’s linked to the meningitis outbreak that has killed 24 people and made many more sick in 17 states.

News 4 examined a list from the FDA that shows Marion Eye Surgery Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois Eye Surgeons in Centralia and Granite City and The Eye Surgery Center in Swansea are customers of NECC.

Memorial Hospital in Belleville received medication from NECC. The hospital sent out letter to 70 patients who had open heart surgery and more than 100 letters to patients who had eye surgery where a drug from NECC was used.

The hospital says it appears there is no reason to be overly concerned at this point because the meningitis outbreak has been linked to a steroid made by NECC that is used for back pain.

”That’s where the fungus was identified and that’s where the harm has been,” said Memorial Hospital’s Dr. William Casperson. “Out of caution, we’ve pulled these other products and it appears there aren’t any known problems with these particular agents at this point.”

Casperson said there are at least 65 medical facilities across Illinois that received medications from NECC. The company is not licensed to do business in Missouri.

 

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