As the news about products produced by New England Compounding Center (NECC) continues, we want to assure that:
- UMass Memorial Medical Center does not use, and has not used, the steroid injections from NECC that have been identified as potentially unsafe.
- We have carefully reviewed our stock of steroid injections and are confident that the products we are using throughout UMass Memorial Medical Center are safe.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration, called the FDA, decided to treat all of the products produced by New England Compounding Center as suspect.
UMass Memorial Medical Center has determined that only one New England Compounding Center product has ever been used at the Medical Center since the contamination occurred. This product is a concentrated potassium chloride solution.
This potassium chloride solution has NOT been identified by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control, the state health department, or UMass Memorial as a contaminated product.
This potassium solution would NOT be associated with meningitis, unlike the contaminated steroid products, because it was used intravenously, rather than being injected into the spine.
At this time, no one who has received this same potassium chloride product has been identified with one of the fungal infections, locally or nationally.
We continue to monitor the information from the FDA, Centers for Disease Control and state health department and will provide updates as needed.
We recommend you check with your doctor if you have any specific questions or concerns.
If you still have questions, call our information line 877-358-2602.