West Virginia University Hospitals-East has issued the following statement regarding the fungal meningitis outbreak that resulted from a steroid injection used for back pain:
"In light of the recent national news about the fungal meningitis outbreak that resulted from a steroid injection commonly used for back pain, WVU Hospitals-East wants to assure its patients and the community at large that the product in question has not been used at City Hospital in Martinsburg or Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson.”
“Our pharmacy staffs at both City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital have done thorough checks of our medications and determined that we have not purchased this medication (methylprednisolone acetate) from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) for our patients. In fact, Jefferson Memorial Hospital does not use this company and has not ordered any products from NECC.
“City Hospital has ordered other products from NECC, but not this specific drug or anything for spinal injection. However, as a precautionary measure, all NECC products have been pulled from our pharmacy shelves at City Hospital at this time.”
Teresa E. McCabe
Vice President, Marketing & Development
West Virginia University Hospitals-East