Although the source of these illnesses is not yet known, methylprednisolone acetate (Solumedrol) from a single manufacturer was used for all of the affected patients, and the company has voluntarily recalled this product.
Maryland DHMH has contacted all the facilities where implicated lots of this product were distributed to ensure removal of the product and to facilitate notification of patients potentially exposed from July 30 to September 28, 2012.
Facilities that have received and pulled from use the affected product are:
Berlin Interventional Pain Management, Berlin, MD
Box Hill Surgery Center, Abingdon, MD
Greenspring Surgery Center, Baltimore, MD
Harford County Ambulatory Surgery Center, Edgewood, MD
Maryland Pain Specialists, Towson, MD
SurgCenter of Bel Air, Bel Air, MD Zion Ambulatory Center, Baltimore, MD
Symptoms of meningitis can include but are not limited to fever, headache, neck stiffness, photophobia, nausea, or vomiting. Stroke symptoms can include but are not limited to double vision, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, or difficulty walking. Patients who have received a spinal injection at one of these facilities from July 30 to September 28, 2012 and are experiencing new symptoms consistent with meningitis or stroke should contact their healthcare provider.
DHMH continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other states on the response to this outbreak.
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