We are aware of the problem with the steroid injections distributed by New England Compounding Center and we can assure you that the hospitals of UMass Memorial Health Care do not use, and have not used, the steroid injections from the company in question.
We have carefully reviewed our stock of steroid injections and are confident that the products we are using throughout UMass Memorial Health Care are safe.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration, known as the FDA, decided to treat all of the products produced by New England Compounding Center as suspect and is providing a list of all of these products and the hospitals that received them.
Our hospitals are Clinton Hospital, HealthAlliance Hospital, Marlborough Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center and Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers.
Clinton Hospital and Marlborough Hospital have not received products from New England Compounding Center.
Wing Memorial Hospital received the medication triamcinolone. Wing at no time administered this medication to patients.
At HealthAlliance Hospital, two medications have been identified as having been used since the contamination at New England Compounding Center occurred. These medications are mitomycin and nalbuphine.
These medications have NOT been identified by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control, the state health department, or UMass Memorial as a contaminated product.
At this time, no one who has received the mitomycin or nalbuphine products has been identified with one of the fungal infections, locally or nationally.
At UMass Memorial Medical Center, we have determined that only one New England Compounding Center product has ever been used since the contamination occurred. This product is a concentrated potassium chloride solution.
This potassium chloride solution has NOT been identified by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control, the state health department, or UMass Memorial as a contaminated product.
At this time, no one who has received this same potassium chloride product has been identified with one of the fungal infections, locally or nationally.
We continue to monitor the information from the FDA, Centers for Disease Control and state health department and will provide updates as needed.
We recommend you check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
If you still have questions, call our information line 877-358-2602.