Jasper clinic involved in steroid recall
by Daniel Gaddy
Oct 20, 2012 | 4426 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Jasper clinic is one of 44 Alabama medical centers that received products from a manufacturer associated with a recent meningitis outbreak that has killed 21 people. However, state health officials say there is not evidence to show that any of the Alabama clinics received vials connected with the outbreak.

In what health department officials are calling an abundance of caution, facilities will be notifying patients who were given products produced by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.

Alabama Outpatient Surgery Center in Jasper was included in the list of 44 clinics in the state.

The Eagle’s efforts to reach representatives with the Jasper surgery center were unsuccessful Friday.

Seventy-six clinics throughout the country have received vials of steroids linked to the outbreak, however. The contamination concerned steroids used to treat joint and back pain. Injections from the contaminated vials were given after May 21.

State and national health officials are notifying all individuals who received an injectable NECC product, including an drug used in conjunction with eye surgery and a drug used in heart surgeries. The medical supplies were purchased from or produced by NECC after May 21.

“Alabama health care facilities have had very limited exposure to NECC products, but individuals who have had certain medical procedures using these specific products are being notified,” Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer, said in a press release. “If you have had adverse reactions, contact your health care provider.”

According to The Associated Press, officials with the Alabama Department of Public Health have identified 19 state residents who were treated in facilities in Florida and Tennessee that received products linked to the meningitis outbreak. Only one of those 19 patients has died, and autopsy results are pending.

A press release issued by the ADPH advised patients who had a procedure done at one of the facilities after May 21 should self-monitor for at least three months after the procedure.

Signs and symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting. Signs and symptoms of possible infections include fever, swelling, increasing pain or drainage from surgical site.

Patients experiencing any of these should contact their primary care provider and the health care practitioner who performed the procedure.

Meningitis is a disease caused by inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Though the condition is typically a bacterial or viral infection, the type associated with the NECC contamination is a fungal infection and cannot be transmitted from person to person.

Below is a list of the 44 Alabama clinics receiving products recalled from NECC:

Andalusia Regional Hospital, Andalusia

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, 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.