SPRINGFIELD (WIFR) – Earlier today the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced no Illinois cases of meningitis associated with the use of epidural steroid injection pain medication, but the investigation is ongoing.
At this time, the only health provider in Illinois that received the recalled product directly from NECC is APAC Centers for Pain Management. Three APAC locations provided epidural steroid injections – Thorek Hospital Professional Building, Lincoln Park and Prairie Medical Building in Westchester. Health providers may have received the recalled product directly from NECC or from a third-party distribution company. More health providers could be impacted if third party distributors are identified as having redistributed the recalled product.
APAC has directly contacted all patients, about 200, who may have received such medication by epidural injection. APAC is continuing to work diligently with CDC, IDPH, Chicago and Cook County public health officials to ensure monitoring and safety of their patients.
A hotline for APAC pain clinic patients has been established to respond to patient concerns - 708-699-5402. This hotline will be open from 8 am to 8 pm today and over the weekend.
For more information, log onto http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.html.