October 23, 2012
Officials at Kewanee Hospital recently announced that drugs dispensed from the Hospital and its Family Health Clinic were not part of the batch that has been linked to a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak.
On October 15, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised concerns regarding the sterility of any injectable drugs produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Massachusetts after May 21, 2012. This included ophthalmic drugs that are injectable or used in conjunction with eye surgery, and certain solutions used in open heart surgeries and irrigations.
“Kewanee Hospital does not receive drugs from the NECC,” stated Priyanka Patel, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy at Kewanee Hospital. “The companies we use to obtain our compounded drugs have all been investigated and accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board.”
To date, there have been 271 cases of fungal meningitis nationwide in 16 states. Twenty-one deaths have been reported. In Illinois, one potential case has been reported. The latest figures can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.html.
Fungal meningitis is not contagious. Two types have been identified and treatment is different for each. Symptoms of fungal meningitis normally appear between 1 - 4 weeks after injection. However, both longer and shorter periods of time between injection and symptoms have been reported.
Typical symptoms include (but are not limited to): fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, and altered mental status. Symptoms for other infections may include: fever; swelling, increase in pain, redness or warmth at the injection site or surgical incision; visual changes, pain, redness or discharge from the eye following eye surgery; and chest pain or drainage from the surgical site for cardiac surgery patients.
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If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, contact your primary healthcare provider or call the Kewanee Hospital Family Health Clinic at 309.852.7700.