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UC Davis does NOT use products associated with 2012 meningitis outbreak

A message for our patients

 Posted Oct. 9, 2012

In response to recent concerns, UC Davis Health System wishes to inform patients and community members that UC Davis Medical Center and its clinics do not purchase any products from the New England Compounding Center (NECC), the pharmaceutical company associated with the multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis cases.

The UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine in particular wishes to inform patients that it does not use the steroid medication involved in the recent meningitis cases. None of the medications such as corticosteroids, anesthetic, contrast and saline used for injections administered through the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine and its clinic originate from the New England Compounding Center.

Our thoughts are with the patients and families affected by the outbreak.

Background information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are currently investigating a recent outbreak of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection after May 21, 2012.

The CDC and FDA recommend that health-care professionals cease use of any product produced by the New England Compounding Center until further information is available. UC Davis Medical Center does not purchase products from the company, and the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine does not use any of its products.

Frequently asked questions

How many cases have been reported?
Updates about the investigation, including case counts, are available at http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.html.

If you have questions about the medications used for your pain procedure, contact the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine at 916-734-7246.

Which facilities have received medication from the New England Compounding Center (NECC)?
Information is available from the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html.

Is fungal meningitis contagious?
According to the CDC, fungal meningitis is not contagious, which means it is not transmitted from person to person. For information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/fungal.html,