Children's Hospital addresses concerns about meningitis outbreak

Children's Hospital addresses concerns about meningitis outbreak

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Children's Hospital received a topical gel, an oral medication and three injectable medications from NECC. Children's Hospital received a topical gel, an oral medication and three injectable medications from NECC.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After a recent outbreak of fungal meningitis, one local hospital is taking extra steps to ease the minds of their patients.

The outbreak was first discovered in Tennessee and 66 of the 271 total patients diagnosed are from the state. Eight of the 21 deaths were also from Tennessee.

None of the contaminated drugs ever came to East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

In fact, the hospital pulled all medications that came from New England Compounding Center (NECC), the lab in question, two days before the mandatory recall came out.

In all, 229 patients from the hospital were given medications that came from NECC.

"The FDA and the Tennessee Department of Health have asked that we notify all patients and family that received any medication from the New England Compounding Center. There are known contaminated products there, but there are none here at East Tennessee Children's Hospital," said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Childs.

Dr. Childs said he doesn't believe there is reason for concern about the other medications, but they pulled the medications to be safe.

"The FDA has said just as a precaution make sure you notify all families if they got anything, so that if there's an illness or a problem that's unexplainable, then they would know that there's a tie to the New England Compounding Center," he said.

Children's Hospital received a topical gel, an oral medication and three injectable medications from NECC.

The hospital began notifying patients who received any of that medication Friday by phone. They hope to have that completed in the next couple of days.

Any patients with concerns should contact the hospital.

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