The steroid medication suspected in an outbreak of a rare kind of meningitis was shipped to 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So far there are reports that a pharmacy that made the steroid, New England Compounding Center of Framingham. There were three recalled three lots of the drug last week and the company has closed.
Facilities that have received and pulled from use the potentially contaminated steroid product include :
Berlin Interventional Pain Management, Berlin, MDHere is an image of cases by state (Source: http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/37178-cdc-reports-multi-state-meningitis-outbreak-oct-4-2012.html)
Box Hill Surgery Center, Abingdon, MD
Greenspring Surgery Center, Baltimore, MD
Harford County Ambulatory Surgery Center, Edgewood, MD
Maryland Pain Specialists, Towson, MD
SurgCenter of Bel Air, Bel Air, MD Zion Ambulatory Center, Baltimore, MD
What is meningitis:
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord, usually due to the spread of an infection. The swelling associated with meningitis often triggers the "hallmark" signs and symptoms of this condition, including headache, fever and a stiff neck in anyone over the age of 2.
Here's a letter from 2006 involving this same company and its compounding: