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18 W.Va. medical facilities pull products

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 08:12 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials say 18 West Virginia hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics received drugs from a pharmaceutical manufacturer linked to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, only one of those facilities received the steroid shots linked to the meningitis outbreak that has killed 28 people nationwide.

That facility was Pars Interventional Pain in Parkersburg. The rest of the facilities received other products compounded at New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the other product included eye drops and numbing gels.

While those products are not linked to the outbreak, the federal agency advised pharmacists and doctors to pull the products from their shelves and notify affected patients.