IDAHO --- Health officials in Idaho are contacting nine medical facilities across the state that received drugs from a company that distributed drugs at the center of a nationwide meningitis outbreak.
Health officials say they will not release the names and locations of those clinics until they verify each facility received and used products from New England Compounding Center. The Food and Drug Administration recently expanded its investigation into possibly contaminated drugs from the pharmacy to include injectable drugs distributed since May 2012 for joint pain, and also used during heart and eye surgeries.
No illnesses associated with these other drugs have been reported, but health officials are urging officials at the nine Idaho clinics to contact patients who may have received the drugs so they can watch for symptoms of meningitis.
A steroid commonly used for back pain and distributed by the NECC is blamed for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. That outbreak has killed 15 people and sickened 233 people in 15 states, including one man in eastern Idaho. Doctors say he has been hospitalized and is responding well to treatment.