///Contaminated Steroid Also Used As Nerve Blocks – One IC patient exposed in MN

Contaminated Steroid Also Used As Nerve Blocks – One IC patient exposed in MN

One IC patient up in Minnesota received dreaded news this past weekend.. that she had been injected with the contaminated steroid that has now caused meningitis in more than 90 patients here in the USA as of this afternoon. She received it in August for a pudendal nerve injection offered by a very credible physician in the state. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the doctors office that notified her but the Minnesota Department of Health who called her at home Saturday and again a few times on Sunday. She was advised to have a lumbar puncture at a local urgent care center if she began showing symptoms to determine if she was also developing meningitis. At this point, she does not appear to have tell tale symptoms.

This is the leading story today on many television stations. The FDA issued an alert late last week about steroid products manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC), a compounding pharmacy based in Massachusetts. An estimated 17,000 patients around the country have been exposed to a rare fungal infection that somehow contaminated the product. It may take 1 to 4 weeks for an exposed patient to develop symptoms. Sad to report that some patients have died from the condition.

More information to come but please spread the word!

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/S…ce=govdelivery

By | 2017-01-18T12:09:42+00:00 October 8th, 2012|Consumer Alerts|Comments Off on Contaminated Steroid Also Used As Nerve Blocks – One IC patient exposed in MN

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My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.