Recalled drugs received in six hospitals, two clinics in Arkansas

Recalled drugs received in six hospitals, two clinics in Arkansas

(WMC-TV) – Two more people died in Tennessee as a result of the fungal meningitis outbreak. The addition of these two deaths brings the state's death toll to eight.

The Tennessee Health Department says 74 health care facilities in the state received shipments of the contaminated medications.

Nationwide, there have been 19 deaths from the outbreak, and 247 total cases.

Six hospitals and two clinics in Arkansas received products from the New England Compounding Center, which is reportedly responsible for dispensing the contaminated drugs.

Federal agents raided and searched the Massachusetts pharmacy and a recall has been issued to include all products manufactured at the facility.

"It's a pretty straightforward deal. If you've received anything from NECC, they've recalled all their products, anything they've ever made," said Blake Richardson, Crittenden Regional Hospital. "The New England Compounding Center isn't an entity we do any business with, so we don't have any concerns here at Crittenden Regional."

The Arkansas Department of Health has been in contact with the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Arkansas hospitals and clinics to identify all those products and the facilities to which they have been sent.

The facilities are being warned not to use these medicines and to notify patients if physicians feel a patient might be at risk for illness.

So far, none of the products distributed to any Arkansas facility have been associated with illness.

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