This outbreak has been linked to strokes and deaths due to fungal meningitis.
Patients who have received any such injections at the U-M Health System should know that we did not purchase any of the medication in question – specifically, preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) prepared by New England Compounding Center (NECC).
If you have had an epidural injection for back pain or any other reason at a U-M clinic or hospital, it did not involve the drug linked to this outbreak.
We have pulled all other products made by NECC from our pharmacies as directed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a precaution. There is no indication at this time that any of these products are linked to the outbreak. It’s important to note that these other products are used only in certain highly specialized types of care, so very few patients receive them.
For more information on the outbreak please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page at http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html