TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey doctor who has given patients a steroid associated with a deadly outbreak of meningitis says the scare has shocked pain-management professionals.
Richard Siegfried's practice is in Sparta in northwestern New Jersey. He said Friday he has been in touch will all five patients who were given the epidural steroid injection from a recalled lot from a Massachusetts pharmacy.
Siegfried says he uses the products from so-called compounding pharmacies even though they frequently are more expensive than generic, FDA-approved products. He says this is because the compounding products are preservative-free.
State officials say about 1,000 people were injected with the steroid at six facilities.
Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd says no illnesses have been uncovered in New Jersey. The outbreak has caused five deaths and dozens of illnesses nationwide.
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