Out of an abundance of caution, the FDA has recommended that providers contact patients who have received other medications from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) purchased since May 21, 2012. Coalition member organizations, Deaconess Health System and St. Mary’s Health, have administered medications that were part of this expanded voluntary recall.
The CDC does not have firm evidence that fungal infections have been caused by exposure to these additional NECC products. It remains unclear what, if any, risks these other medications pose to patients.
Each facility is currently in the process of contacting their own affected patients with more detailed information and guidance via US Mail. Both Deaconess and St. Mary’s anticipate mailing letters to all patients involved in this advisory by the end of Wednesday, October 17.
Additional information is also available via the following websites: www.cdc.gov, www.fda.gov www.deaconess.com and www.stmarys.org
The Community Patient Safety Coalition (CPSC) of Southwest Indiana & Kentucky is a consortium of healthcare facilities that collaborate to improve the safety and well-being of our patients. The fifteen member hospitals and other collaborating healthcare organizations represented in the coalition work together and share best practices to advance their collective efforts to continually improve patient safety.
For additional information regarding the Community Patient Safety Coalition, please contact Beverly Walton, Executive Director at (812) 598-2757.