Meningitis outbreak linked to Northern Nevada

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Updated: 10/29/2012 12:19 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - There's a health warning for anyone in the area who's received medical care since May. The FDA has linked at least nine facilities in Northern Nevada and California to the company which made those medicines associated with the deadly meningitis outbreak.

Those local locations are on a rather lengthy list the FDA put out of places nationwide that have received medications of all kinds from the New England Compounding Company.

A spokesperson for Renown Surgical Arts said they: "disposed of any product they had immediately. And this unfortunate situation did not impact any patients."

Northern Nevada also said: "As soon as the alert came out, we took precaution by removing everything off the shelf. And verified no medications from that company had been administered to patients."

Carson-Tahoe wrote News 4:”In keeping with Carson-Tahoe's high safety standards all NECC products were removed from pharmacy stock early in the investigation, prior to the FDA's extended drug recall.”

"We put our patient safety first, and we sent back any products from that company," Steve Friedlander of Nevada Retina said.

And spokespeople for the Sierra Vista Surgery Center, Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, the Grass Valley Surgery Center, and Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca also confirm they have stopped using the medicine. And in Reno again, News 4 was still waiting Tuesday afternoon to hear back from the HD Retina Eye Center.

The FDA says the best thing patients can do is keep a watch out for the following symptoms of meningitis:

Stiff neck
Sensitivity to light
Altered mental state

Call your healthcare provider immediately if you have any of those.
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NVAdvocate - 10/25/2012 8:42 AM
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According to this story, Northern Nevada Medical is the only one that identified taking the extra step of ensuring none of the medication was distributed to patients. Could we have some follow up to be sure the contaminated drugs are not sitting in someone's medicine chest because no one bothered to take that next step?

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