Tainted Medicine Went To 14 States, Including Seven Clinics In Tennessee

Tennessee's health department says it's "not certain of the number of patients who may have received injections, nor is it “aware of any adverse events among Tennessee patients who received the suspect medications.” Photo credit: Spot Us, via flickr.

Tennessee’s health department says it’s “not certain of the number of patients who may have received injections, nor is it “aware of any adverse events among Tennessee patients who received the suspect medications.” Photo credit: Spot Us, via flickr.

Tainted medicine similar to what caused last year’s meningitis outbreak was shipped to a clinic in White House, just north of Nashville, state officials say.  The drug also went to six other clinics in Tennessee, all in the northwest part of the state, where it was packaged.

State and federal officials worked over the long weekend to investigate the Main Street Family compounding pharmacy near Dyersberg, north of Memphis.  They now think a bad batch of the steroid, which is used to treat back pain, went to 14 states in all, after they found some was shipped to Kansas.

Last year a tainted batch of the same drug from Massachusetts sickened hundreds of people in 20 states, and killed in 15 Tennessee.  State Health officials say they’re not sure how many people were exposed in this latest case, and right now they’re not aware of it making anyone sick.

From the state’s release:

In Tennessee, all facilities and physicians that received the suspect medication have been contacted and patient outreach efforts are continuing. The facilities in Tennessee which received the suspect medication are:

  • Quality Care, Jackson
  • Pinnacle Pain Management Clinic, Union City
  • Getwell Family Clinic, Jackson
  • Walker Pain Management Center, Jackson
  • First Choice Clinic, Dyersburg
  • Christian Care Clinic, Newbern
  • Axis Medical Clinic, White House
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