ARH used recalled drug productsPublished 8:58pm Thursday, October 18, 2012
Andalusia Regional Hospital was among the Alabama health facilities on a list of those that received products in a recall from the New England Compounding Center (NECC). The list was released by the Alabama Department of Public Health Thursday.
The health department said the products have no known association with confirmed disease, nor have they been proven to be contaminated. NECC is the center that produced contaminated steroid injections that have caused fungal meningitis.
The Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ADPH have asked health care facilities to notify all individuals for whom they administered an injectable NECC product, including an ophthalmic drug that is injectable or used in conjunction with eye surgery, or a cardioplegic solution after May 21, 2012. The ADPH’s statement said the request was being made “out of abundance of caution.”
The types of procedures include, but are not limited to, epidurals, joint injections, eye surgeries, and heart surgeries.
According to a statement released yesterday afternoon by Andalusia Regional Hospital, the local facility has neither purchased nor administered the steroid drug compound associated with the fungal meningitis outbreak.
“Our facility has purchased other medications from NECC – Sulphan Blue, which is a surgical dye used in the diagnosis of breast cancer, and Wydase, which is used during some eye surgeries,” the statement said. “All of this medicine has been taken off the shelves and is no longer being used at our facility.”
Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer, encouraged anyone who has had adverse reactions is advised to contact their health care provider. The hospital’s statement said,” We are not aware of any adverse patient outcome related to the NECC medication dispensed in our facility.”
Anyone who has had a procedure locally and has had an adverse reaction is encouraged to call his physician, or contact the hospital at 334-222-6948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Symptoms of fungal meningitis are new or worsening headache, fever, sensitivity to light, stiff neck, new weakness or numbness in any part of your body, slurred speech, increased pain, and redness or swelling at your injection site.
Symptoms of joint infections are fever, increased pain, redness, warmth or swelling in the joint that received the injection or at the injection site. Infections at other sites may involve fever, chills, redness, swelling, drainage and pain. If you experience any of these, please contact your primary care provider and the health care facilities that performed the procedure.
Other facilities on the list include:
Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, Anniston
Atmore Community Hospital, Atmore
Healthcare Authority for UAB Medical West, Bessemer
Alabama Pain Physicians, Birmingham
Baptist Medical Center-Princeton, Birmingham
Birmingham Surgery Center, Birmingham
Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham
Children’s Hospital, Birmingham
Ginsburg Dermatology Center, Birmingham
Montclair Dermatology, Birmingham
Premier Plastic Surgery Center-AL, Birmingham
Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery, Birmingham
St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham
St. Vincent’s Hospital Outpatient Surgery, Birmingham
Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham
Veterans Medical Center-GALA, Birmingham
Cullman Regional Medical Center, Cullman
Parkway Medical Center, Decatur
Dothan Surgery Center, Dothan
Flowers Hospital, Dothan
Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan
Southeast Eye Clinic, Dothan
Surgery Center South, Dothan
Medical Center Enterprise, Enterprise
Gulf Health Hospital, Fairhope
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, Foley
North Alabama Medical Center—Coffee Campus, Florence
DeKalb Regional Medical Center, Fort Payne
Gadsden Regional Medical Center, Gadsden
Marion Regional Medical Center, Hamilton
Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville
Alabama Outpatient Surgery Center, Jasper
Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, PC, Mobile
Mobile Infirmary, Mobile
Mobile Surgery Center, Mobile
Springhill Medical Center-Cardio, Mobile
Central Alabama Pain Management Center, Montgomery
Jackson Hospital and Clinic, Montgomery
The Surgery Center, Oxford
Bigelow Cosmetic Surgery Center, Scottsboro
Vaughan Regional Medical Center, Selma
Lanier Health Services, Valley
Brookwood Dermatology, Vestavia Hills