Fallout from incorrect meningitis drug list continues

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 5:36 AM

DALLAS – The North Texas medical facilities incorrectly listed by the FDA as having received recalled drugs from the pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis epidemic are questioning how the mistake occured. 

On Monday, the Federal Drug Administration posted a list of more than 1,200 clinics that had supposedly purchased recalled drugs from the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy linked to the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis.

The list included eight clinics in North Texas.

The FDA took the 28-page list down after it realized it wasn't accurate. News 8 quickly determined the list was incomplete –– two medical centers that previously confirmed purchasing products from NECC were not listed.  

On Tuesday, News 8 confirmed information on the FDA list was wrong in most of the other cases. The list appears to be completely inaccurate in every case concerning kids.

"The FDA got the list wrong," says Children's Medical Center Dallas spokesperson Laurie Holloway.

Children's Medical Center is reassuring parents that none of their patients received medicine potentially contaminated by the New England Compounding Center. The FDA list showed Children's received 15 recalled drugs, including two of the potentially tainted steroids.

That is wrong.

"We want to make sure our families know that they are not at risk from this," said Holloway, "that we did not get that medicine, there is no chance their child got that medicine here at Children's."

Children's Medical Center Legacy is also listed as receiving a recalled drug. That hospital did not receive any medicine from the problem pharmacy, according to hospital officials.

Our Children's House at Baylor was listed as having bought three drugs. That is also false, according to Baylor officials.

"I would like to tell patients not to worry," said Tammy Cohen, pharmacy director of the Baylor system. "Baylor healthcare system did not purchase any of the products in question."

The Cosmetic and Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Dallas was also listed as having tainted steroid. That is incorrect, according to Dr. Kevin McBride, who runs the clinic.  

The FDA told News 8 their list came directly from the New England Compounding Center. Federal officials are working to correct the list and will re-post when they are sure it is accurate.

The FDA Tuesday had not reached out to any of the North Texas clinics who say they got it wrong.

North Texas medical centers say after they're done calming patients, they'd like to know how the FDA could cause such panic.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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