Federal agencies continue investigation of potentially tainted injections
HERRIN, Ill. - Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it found bacteria and fungus in two unopened drug vials compounded by Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tennessee. The pharmacy's been at the center of a national investigation for two weeks, and there is a local tie.
Approximately 2,500 patients at Logan Primary Care in Herrin and West Frankfort, Illinois received steroid injections manufactured by that pharmacy. Seven of the patients developed skin abscesses at the injection site.
Southern Illinois Healthcare has contact 1,200 patients who reported no issues. They are in the process of reaching all patients by phone and have left messages with about 800 others. Some patients received multiple injections.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 24 cases nationwide of adverse reactions have been reported. States reporting cases include Illinois, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Florida.
A spokesperson for the Newbern-based pharmacy released the following statement Friday.
"Main Street Family Pharmacy is aware of the FDA's recent findings. Since this matter surfaced, the pharmacy has done everything in its power to ensure that all potentially affected compounded medicines are recalled and no longer used by consumers or healthcare providers. In addition to the recall, our efforts have also included comprehensive, aggressive outreach to everyone who could be affected. We continue to fully cooperate with state boards of health and pharmacies, the FDA and CDC to protect patients and resolve any lingering concerns."
The FDA has all information pertaining to this investigation on their website. You can find a link here.