A letter to our patients and our community about the meningitis outbreak

Published: October 19, 2012 By: Faculty and staff

To our patients and our community:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently started investigating a growing number of fungal infections associated with steroid injections made by New England Compounding Center (NECC).

Shands Jacksonville did not receive or use any of the steroid injections and immediately stopped using all other medications from this company.

However, the FDA is now concerned about the sterility of other drugs made by this company since May 21, 2012, including those used in eye surgery and open heart surgery. Based on new guidance from the FDA and with an abundance of caution, the Duval County Health Department is advising all hospitals and health care facilities to contact their patients. Shands Jacksonville and the University of Florida physicians have done so.

If you have any questions or concerns about this issue please call your physician.

At UF&Shands Jacksonville, your safety is important to us. We are committed to your well-being and will continue to cooperate and work closely with the Health Department and the FDA as they work through this investigation. We will keep you advised if we learn of further information. If you want to learn more about the investigation of products from NECC, you may call the FDA’s Division of Drug Information at 855-543-3784. Additional information is also available from the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/drugs or from the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.html.

Thank you,

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and the University of Florida physicians


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