No clinics in area linked to steroid injection problems

CHAMPAIGN — Just two clinics in Illinois received products from the Tennessee compounding pharmacy linked to steroid injection complications in patients in three states, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Both clinics are under common ownership, and are in Herrin and West Frankfort, according to Sabrina Miller, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Carle, Christie Clinic, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center and Presence Covenant Medical Center didn't purchase any supplies from the compounding pharmacy involved in the outbreak, Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn., clinic and hospital spokesmen said.

The department said Friday that it is investigating two additional reports of adverse events among Illinois patients who received injections of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate purchased from Main Street Family Pharmacy.

That boosts the number of Illinois patients involved in the outbreak to seven. All seven received injections at the Logan Primary Care clinic in Herrin, the health department said.

The initial five patients reported developed abscesses after receiving the injections, and the latest two cases were confirmed this week, the department said.

Methylprednisolone acetate is the same anti-inflammatory steroid involved in the severe multistate outbreak tied to the New England Compounding Center. That outbreak involved more than 700 cases and 55 deaths.

The multistate outbreak tied to the Tennessee pharmacy has also affected 13 patients in Florida and two in North Carolina.

The seven patients in Illinois received injections between Jan. 3 and Feb. 21, and there haven't been any reports of meningitis or other life-threatening infections reported, according to the department.

Main Street Family Pharmacy announced a voluntary national recall Tuesday on all its sterile products with a use-by date on or before Nov. 20, 2013.

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