CVMC Issues Cautionary Drug Alert to Patients

October 18, 2012

Richlands, Virginia  – As you may know, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are conducting an investigation of recalled medicines made by New England Compounding Center (NECC), a pharmacy in Massachusetts.

Clinch Valley Medical Center has not purchased or administered the steroid drug compound associated with the multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak.  Our facility has purchased two other medications from NECC. These products have been taken off the shelves and are no longer being used at our facility.  At this time, these medications from NECC have no known association with confirmed disease nor have they proven to be contaminated.

The safety of all of our patients is our top priority.  We are not aware of any unfavorable patient outcomes related to any NECC medications dispensed in our facility.  Out of caution and with guidance from FDA and CDC, we are in process of contacting all patients who may have received an NECC medication at our hospital to ensure that they are informed and make them aware of any signs and symptoms of an adverse event that could be associated with the medication.

Our staff will continue to work with officials to monitor this situation and update the community as needed.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call your physician or contact our hospital at 276-596-6633.