ARH used recalled drug products

Published 8:58 pm 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

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