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On Reported Meningitis Infections

 

A Message from C.W. Murphy, MD

Medical Director

Hill Country Pain Associates

 

As you may have heard on the news, there is a problem in the Northeast part of the United States with infections after steroid injections for back pain.

I have looked into the risks for our patients and have researched different sources for reliable information.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the medication implicated in this outbreak is limited to one pharmacy in the New England area. The steroid came from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., a specialty pharmacy that has recalled three lots of the drug and shut down operations.

We do not receive our medications from that pharmacy. In fact, our compounded steroid for injections comes from Stone Oak Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas and is prepared in a sterile manner at that location.   It is also re-sterilized after preparation.  Our pharmacist has assured us that even if it were to be initially contaminated, the double sterilization technique that is used on our medications would destroy the fungus after the medication is prepared.   We will continue to use the highest quality medications prepared by a reputable and professionally-run compounding pharmacy for our patients.

I do understand the anxiety that this may have caused some patients and would gladly answer any questions you may have.  Please contact any of the HCP staff at (210) 582-6600.   If you would like to reach me personally please call the same number or send an email to mphipps@cipm.com  Thank you.

For a full list of clinics receiving the recalled lots of these injections, CLICK HERE

To read about CDC Fungal Meningitis, CLICK HERE