Suspect steroid not used at Northfield Hospital

Northfield Hospital & Clinics has never purchased or administered the steroid medication linked to a recent outbreak of fungal meningitis.

One hundred five cases of the disease and eight related deaths have been reported in nine states as of earlier this week. Three cases have been reported in Minnesota. None has resulted in a death

All of these cases are associated with a specific steroid medication produced by New England Compounding Center (NECC) of Framingham, Mass. Public health officials fear the medication — methylprednisolone acetate — is contaminated and may be the cause of the fungal meningitis outbreak.

Medical officials at Northfield Hospital & Clinics said they do not use the steroid medication produced by NECC.

The Centers for Disease Control and state public health departments are actively coordinating outreach to patients who have been exposed to this potentially contaminated medication. NECC has voluntarily recalled the three lots of the medicine linked to the infections. Public health officials say there is no evidence, at this time, that the infections are related to other NECC products.

If patients have questions about this matter, they are advised to contact their primary care provider.