NJ facilities got drug tied to meningitis outbreak
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials have
identified six facilities in the state which they say received the steroid
medication being investigated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that has claimed
four lives in other states.
Officials say patients who may have received injections of the steroid are
being contacted by the facilities, either outpatient pain centers or doctors'
offices. No cases of the rare fungal meningitis have yet been reported in New
The injectable steroid at the center of the investigation is used mostly for
back pain. It was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts that issued a
recall last week. New Jersey officials have told facilities to halt any use of
So far 26 cases of the illness have been reported in five states, Tennessee,
Virginia, Maryland, Florida and North Carolina.