Monticello, White Hall clinics received drugs now under investigation

The Arkansas Department of Health along with federal health organizations and other states are investigating the potential for infection associated with drugs that were shipped to Family Medicine in White Hall and Reinhart Family Healthcare and Monticello Medical Clinic in Monticello.

There have been reports of infections among 20 patients in Illinois (five), North Carolina (two) and Florida (13) who received injections of a steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, after Dec. 6, 2012, produced by Main Street Family Pharmacy LLC in Newbern, Tenn.

Complications identified thus far appear to be limited to skin abscesses at the site of injection and joint infections.

There are no reports of meningitis, stroke or death.

Ten clinics in Arkansas have received MPA from the MSFP. All ten have been contacted and are assembling information to assist in the investigation. Individuals who are experiencing any unexplained health problems following an injection of methylprednisolone acetate from one of these clinics are encouraged to contact the clinic or their regular health care provider.

In addition to the Monticello and White Hall clinics, the list includes: Antoon Medical Clinic in Stamps; Lofton Family Clinic in DeQueen; Ouachita Family Practice in Mena; Southern Medical Group in Magnolia; Chambliss & Davis Clinic in Magnolia; Coast to Coast Medical in West Memphis; and Integrated Health in Fayetteville.

The investigation began after the FDA was notified of two individuals who developed complications after being administered this product at a clinic in Greenville, NC. On May 28 issued a voluntary recall of all sterile products. Arkansas is among at least 15 states including Alabama, California, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas where the products were distributed.