No patients at Pratt Regional Medical Center have been affected by steroid shots suspected in the outbreak of a rare fungal meningitis that has killed at least 12 people and made more than 130 others sick in 10 states. Officials have identified New England Compounding Center, based in Framingham, Mass., as the source of the shots. The company has shut down operations and recalled the fungus-contaminated steroid.
"PRMC has never purchased any compounded products from this east coast pharmacy," Kim Stivers, director of community services, reported in a press release. "Dr. Mark Steffen, pain management specialist at PRMC, uses triamcinolone and not methylprednisolone for his epidurals and we only supply this medication in the manufacturer's vial for immediate use. All of our vials have been purchased through our wholesaler Amerisource Bergen. This recall and the subsequent news reports do not affect any of our patients, past or present, at PRMC."