Local Health Facilities Added to List of Locations that Received Medication Linked to Meningitis Outbreak

By: The AP, WIFR
By: The AP, WIFR

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- New information on the Massachusetts pharmacy at the center of the deadly meningitis outbreak. We've learned several local health facilities have received medication from this company.

According the latest list from the Food and Drug Administration those facilities include OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Health Physicians, FHN Hospital in Freeport, Beloit Memorial Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital in Janesville, Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb and KSB Hospital in Dixon. Most patients who received the drugs from the New England Compounding Center have been notified. So far more than 300 people have gotten sick nationwide, 23 have died from meningitis. We haven't heard of any local complications.

Online: List: http://1.usa.gov/TRYkT2

CHICAGO (AP) -- Several major Illinois hospitals are now listed as receiving recalled products from a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis.

The Food and Drug Administration posted a list Monday, and fixed a technical glitch Wednesday. More than 130 Illinois clinics and hospitals are now listed.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Megan McCann says just under 600 patients are being notified they may have received injectable drugs made by the New England Compounding Center. The patients include those who got care at Northwestern Memorial, Northwestern Lake Forest and two physicians groups. She says nobody received the drugs most suspected of contamination.

A Rush University Medical Center spokeswoman says the hospital ordered an antiseptic from the pharmacy, but only used it topically, posing "little or no risk."

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