JOHNSTOWN — The following is a statement sent by Amy Bradley, director of marketing for Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center:
Practitioners at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center want to reassure patients that spine steroid shots related to a deadly national outbreak of meningitis are not in use and were never used at Conemaugh Health System hospitals.
“No Conemaugh Health System hospitals use products from the pharmacy at the center of the meningitis outbreak,” says Terri Gritzer, RPh, Director of Pharmaceutical Care Services at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Federal Health officials say seven people have died as a result of the rare meningitis outbreak which has now sickened more than 90 people in nine states.
The presumed contaminated steroid injections were used to treat back pain.
“We treat a lot of back pain at the Conemaugh Health System through neurosurgery, interventional radiology and our pain clinic,” adds Dr. David Carslon, Chief Medical Officer, “so it is understandable that many of our patients have concerns. We want to reassure them that none of the contaminated product was used at Conemaugh. Conemaugh Health System does not purchase any products from the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy which shipped the vials of the potentially contaminated product.”
Meningitis causes flu-like symptoms which may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea or vomiting, seizures, confusion and sleepiness. As with any serious symptoms, people are urged to seek medical attention immediately.