Fatal fungal (aspergillus) meningitis infections have been associated with steroid (cortisone) injections using a COMPOUNDED cortisone from a speciality compounding company named New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Compounding pharmacies “make their own drug products” and the FDA does not have the authority to approve the drugs.
Dr. Naftulin and Dr.Varnay do not use any compounded cortisone solutions for injections in his patients. Our medications are only from pharmaceutical companies that are FDA approved and regulated.
An update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicates the compounded steroid vials are in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio,Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas and West Virginia.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said the New England Compounding Center relinquished its state operating license on October 3, after the FDA found the fungi, aspergillus, on the inside of a sealed, steroid-injection vial.
YOU CAN ASSURE YOUR PATIENTS THAT Dr. Naftulin has not and does not use any compounded cortisone solutions for injections in his patients.
All medications that he uses for injections are only from pharmaceutical companies that are FDA approved and regulated.
Please feel free to copy and dispense this information to your patients.