PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island health department says nearly 200 patients received a medication from a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy that’s been linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.
The department said Friday the 190 patients have been notified they got a steroid from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham and are being monitored for any signs of illness.
Ocean State Pain Management in Woonsocket and New England Anesthesiology, which has offices in East Greenwich and Warwick, got shipments of the medication.
Doctors and hospitals have been warned not to use the company’s products after a sealed vial of the steroid was found to be contaminated. Officials are trying to determine whether it’s the same fungus blamed in a meningitis outbreak that has killed five and sickened dozens more in six states.