Mary Lanning Eases Patient Concerns with Recent Meningitis Outbreak

"They really don't have anything to worry about, and that we have not used any medications from this particular pharmacy." - Vice President of Patient Strategy Ronda Ehly

A 16-state meningitis outbreak has sickened nearly 300 people, and killed at least 23. Most of those people infected have confirmed cases of fungal meningitis.

They've been linked to steroid injections used for back pain which has many patients asking if they are at risk.

Professionals at Mary Lanning Healthcare say they don't use medications from the pharmacy linked to the outbreak.

"They really don't have anything to worry about, and that we have not used any medications from this particular pharmacy," said Vice President of Patient Strategy Ronda Ehly.

Mary Lanning only uses FDA approved medications, not the ones from compounding pharmacies like the one being blamed in the outbreak. Doctors who do the injections say they are safe when done correctly with sterile drugs.

"You are going to want to make sure it's sterile, and it stays that way regardless of how the product is handled," said Ehly.

A mishandling of a product could lead to a contamination, which is suspected in the out of state pharmacy linked to the outbreak.

"There could've been some sort of break in sterile technique or contaminated item that the pharmacy may not have been aware of," said Ehly.

Which is why Mary Lanning examines any issue, such as the one growing nationwide, to make sure that their processes and patients are as safe as possible.

We work hard to make sure anything we are doing when it comes to bringing medications in and using and administrating those medications is done as safely as possible," commented Ehly.

The Centers for Disease Control and the local Health Department aren't reporting any confirmed cases in Nebraska or surrounding states.


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