Steroid linked to recent meningitis outbreak not used at Mission Health

Press release

From Mission Health

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2012) Mission Health officials have confirmed that Mission Hospital and its other member hospitals have not purchased or used the injectable steroid that has been linked to a rare meningitis outbreak.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed that a New England compounding center in Framingham, Mass., voluntarily recalled three lots of 80-milligram injection doses of methylprednisolone acetate (PF) Sept. 26. The lots included #05212012@68 with a beyond use date of Nov. 17, 2012; with a beyond use date of Dec. 26, 2012; and #08102012@51 with a beyond use date of Feb. 6, 2013.

Mission Health will continue to keep the community informed on any new developments associated with the outbreak.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the states sixth-largest health system and the regions only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. In 2012 Mission Health was named one of the nations Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.

Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, and the regions only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Childrens Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Womens Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the systems flagship hospital and is licensed for 730 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. It also includes Mission Childrens Hospital the regions only childrens hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina.


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