Tonight state health officials are restricting the use of drugs form the New England Compounding Center. The pharmacy is being blamed for distributing contaminated steroid drugs linked to the Meningitis outbreaks in 7 states including Tennessee. State health officials say FDA testing confirms the epidural steroid injections were contaminated with the Aspergillus fungus. 3 clinics in Tennessee received the drugs. Officials say so far there have been 3 deaths and 29 cases of Fungal Meningitis found in Tennessee. It's why they're restricting the use of any drugs from New England Compounding Center.
"Without certainty to their other products' integrity, we believe it is important that these products not be used," says Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner. "We know the CDC and FDA are investigating other NECC products and we know this important effort."
Health officials say the incubation period for Fungal Meningitis is anywhere from 7-28 days. It's why they expect the number of cases reported in Tennessee will rise.
Friday, October 5 2012, 08:59 PM CDT