CMC/DHK Patient Outreach for Untainted NECC Products

October 19, 2012
Keene, NH

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) is continuing to closely monitor the situation involving tainted doses of the injectable steroid methylprednisolone acetate, which is linked to outbreaks of fungal meningitis.

We have confirmed that we have not received nor administered the product in question from New England Compounding Center (NECC), the vendor known to be the origin of the tainted steroid.

We have identified use of two other products purchased by CMC/DHK from NECC, which are not known to be contaminated. These products were used for surgical joint procedures and Respiratory bronchial challenge tests between May 21, 2012 and October 3, 2012. These products have been removed from our facility.

In the best interest of our patients and in following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recommendations, we have contacted the 45 patients who received the two NECC products. These patients' medical records have also been reviewed as an additional precautionary measure. As always, we urge our patients who have any questions or concerns about their health to please contact their physician.

At Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, patient safety is always our highest priority, and we will continue to monitor this situation. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is actively involved and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides a number of resources for patients and providers on the outbreak.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation's healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Vision 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020.

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