Hampton Roads Health Systems Respond to NECC Recall

Bon Secours Virginia Health System and Sentara Healthcare are notifying patients of medications they received during recent treatment or surgery if the injected drugs were purchased from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) – a pharmacy under investigation for a national outbreak of infections linked to tainted drugs.

While the Hampton Roads health systems did not have any patients treated with the tainted steroids, out of an abundance of caution, the providers are proactively notifying all patients who have received any NECC injectable drugs between May 21, and October 4, 2012 in response to FDA concerns.

Health system officials emphasize that the drugs these patients received have not currently been confirmed to cause infections and that any drugs from the NECC were immediately removed from the health systems’ inventory.

Authorities say the risk is very low and they do not believe that anyone will become ill because of these drugs. If a patient’s procedure occurred more than four weeks ago, it is unlikely there is any cause for concern.  It is also unlikely there is a risk of meningitis unless the injection was near or on your spine or joint.

If a patient received injectable NECC drugs during a recent treatment or surgery and is experiencing symptoms such as fever, nausea, increased pain at incision, redness/drainage around incision, the health systems recommend the patient contact their physician immediately.

Both health systems have established call centers to help answer questions or concerns at:
Bon Secours 757-889-2273(CARE)
Sentara 1-800-SENTARA(1-800-736-8272)

Other states receiving contaminated medication include Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

For more information, visit www.fda.gov, or www.cdc.gov.

4 thoughts on “Hampton Roads Health Systems Respond to NECC Recall

  1. George Rome

    What injection did you give my wife Diane Vega on Feb & March 15, 2012 Kenalog 40 or the generic version from the NECC? I would like to know the answer to this if you do not answer this question I will contact a lawyer. She contacted meningitis on March 28, 2012 after we went to your hospital & you misdiagnosed her. Riverside found this the following day. So what did you inject her with Kenalog 40 or the generic version from the NECC?

    1. BSHR Post author

      Good afternoon George,

      If you give our meningitis hotline a call we can put you in touch with a clinician who has access to your wife’s medical records. They’ll be able to answer all your questions. The hotline number is 757-889-2273 (extension 3).

      Best,
      BSHR

  2. George Rome

    Is Kenalog 40 not recommended for epidurals by the FDA? Why did not tell me before the injection that it was not approved? How do I know if this is not the generic version that the NECC made?

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