Local Hospital Patients Not Affected by Fungal Meningitis Outbreak


Published on October 17 2012 3:42 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Patients who have had steroid injections at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital do not have to be concerned whether they have acquired a rare fungal meningitis infection recently linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. 

Rob Runde, RPH, St. Anthony’s Pharmacy manager, shared, “St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital does not use the New England Compounding Center in Farmington, Massachusettes, the specialty pharmacy identified by the Food and Drug Administration as the maker of the contaminated steroid.”

Runde continued, “As a Compounding Center, this company mixes individual medication ingredients together for the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient.  Compounding centers mix the medications for physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers as a service so they don’t have to.  This can be done with IVs, epidurals, etc.,” he said.  “St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Pharmacy mixes a majority of our IV’s and epidurals in-house to ensure the safety of our patients.”

For more information about St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, visit www.stanthonyshospital.org.