Health & Wellness

Epidural Steroid Injections Safe at Roper St. Francis

Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH) pharmacies did not purchase the contaminated steroid product linked to a recent meningitis outbreak, and investigators have determined injections are still safe for RSFH patients.

While there has recently been a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis after epidural steroid injections for back pain at clinics in the South, no RSFH patient has been affected. Officials disclosed that a steroid suspected in the fungal meningitis outbreak had made its way to 75 clinics in 23 states. The Food and Drug Administration urged physicians not to use any products at all from the Massachusetts specialty pharmacy that supplied the steroid. So far, 35 people in six states have contracted fungal meningitis, and five of them have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The pharmacy involved, the New England Compounding Center, has recalled 17,676 single-dose vials of the steroid. The company has shut down operations and said it is working with regulators to identify the source of the infection.

If you have any questions, please call your RSFH physician.

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