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Meningitis outbreak prompts drug recall,13 South Dakota facilities affected

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The FDA recall for drugs linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak spreads nationwide.

More than 250 people in at least 15 states have fallen ill and at least 20 of those people have died.

None of the contaminated drugs were in South Dakota, however, thirteen clinics across the state received drugs from the same company linked to the outbreak.

KSFY News visited one of those clinics to hear how concerned doctors are in our area.

Dr. Lornell Hansen runs the Physicians Vein Clinic.  He says he's contacting his patients to reassure them.

"First of all to alleviate their concerns, then on top of that, they know what to look for in a just in case scenario because they way I use it, they would never get meningitis," Dr. Hansen said.

Dr. Hansen said none of the tainted products made it's way to South Dakota.

"There's actually been none of the medication methylprednisolone acetate shipped to South Dakota facilities, clinics or any of the physicians. At this point, as far as we know, it's not been used on any south Dakotans, unless it was in another state," Dr. Hansen said.

But the FDA is taking extra precautions.

"The FDA is looking into their processes for all of their other drugs, so it's not just the drug that they found contaminated. Apparently it was three lots; so three specific lot numbers that were produced of the methylprednisolone acetate that were infected with the fungus."

And the FDA recall is not limited to the contaminated drugs.

"Everything, everything across the board that company's produced, they're actually doing what's called a voluntary recall on. and that just means any medication that they have should be held and not used as a physician or in a clinic," Dr. Hansen said.

If you have questions about drugs you've received during treatment, contact the facility or your doctor.

The FDA first recalled steroid injections produced by NECC two weeks ago.

The CDC and state health departments have reported 14,000 patients may have received the tainted injections.

Symptoms of meningitis include high fever, stiff neck, headaches that lead to vomiting or nausea, and seizures.

The 13 South Dakota clinics that are known to have received NECC Recalled products are;

Brookings Ambuatory Surgery Center LLP, Brookings, Bruening Eye Specialists, Dakota Dunes, Siouxland Surgery Center, Dakota Dunes, Anderson Orthopedics, Rapid City, Black Hills Plastic Surgery, Rapid City, Black Hills Regional Eye Institute, Rapid City, Black Hills Surgical Hospital, Rapid City, Rapid City Medical Center, Rapid City, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, Sanford Clinic for Ophthalmology and Optometry, Sioux Falls, Dakota Dermatology, Sioux Falls, Lazaderm Skincare Centre, Sioux Falls, and Innovative Procedural Center, Watertown.

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