INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials at an Evansville hospital say
about 560 patients received injections of a recalled back pain medication
that's been tied to an outbreak of a rare form of meningitis.
Health spokeswoman Laura Forbes says 10 of the roughly 250 of those
patients the hospital has contacted so far are experiencing symptoms that
could be consistent with fungal meningitis.
the hospital is taking the situation "very seriously" and is trying to
contact the remaining patients.
She says the
patients received the spinal injections of the steroid made by Framingham,
Mass.-based New England Compounding Center between July 1 and Sept. 28 at
Surgicare Cross Pointe, an outpatient surgery clinic in Evansville.
between 50 and 60 of the 560 patients had received multiple injections of