Children's Hospital Never Purchased Drug Connected to Recent Meningitis Cases
The safety and the well being of children is our number one priority at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. We want patients and their families to know that we take any safety issue very seriously.
Recent media coverage about the meningitis outbreak related to the contamination of medication from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) is raising concern. To date there have been NO confirmed pediatric cases.
All the confirmed infections have been related to injections of steroids from NECC. It is important for the public to know that Children's Hospital has never purchased these medications.
Although we have not used the medications thought to be contaminated, we have purchased a handful of other medications prepared by NECC. While there is no evidence to suggest other products from this facility are contaminated, under FDA recommendations, all medications from NECC were immediately removed from our supplies and are not being used by Children’s Hospital.
Out of an abundance of caution, Children's Hospital is contacting families of any patient who may have been given any medication from NECC.
We are working closely with the FDA and Tennessee Department of Health to address this issue. Information about the medication recall and investigation can be found on the FDA and Tennessee Department of Health’s web sites.