State bans Massachusetts company responsible for tainted steriod
Posted October 16, 2012 7:00 p.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2012 3:35 p.m. EDT
The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy has banned a Massachusetts drugmaker responsible for tainted steroid injections from doing business in the state.
North Carolina joined other states, including Tennessee, New Hampshire, Virginia and Massachusetts, in revoking the license of the New England Compounding Center, which manufactured the injection being blamed for an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has sickened 214 people in 15 states.
Fifteen people have died – none in North Carolina.
All providers listed as having received the recalled steroid product have been notified, and all North Carolina patients who have received the products have been contacted, according to a statement from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service.
The Food and Drug Administration is encouraging all health care providers that have used injectible products from the company after May 21 to inform their patients of the risk of infection.
Patients who suspect they have received the drug and have symptoms should contact their provider immediately.
State officials said the form of fungal meningitis is not contagious.