While the outbreak of fungal meningitis is a serious public health concern, the risk is also restricted largely to the contaminated vials manufactured at the NECC.
Morristown, NJ (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
In the wake of a fungal meningitis outbreak in Massachusetts that has resulted in the death of 23 people in over a dozen states across the nation due to contamination at the NECC (New England Compounding Center) that manufacture the medication used in epidural steroid injections, many patients have started questioning the safety of epidural steroid injections—a frequent procedure used to help treat low back pain.
However, Dr. Marcello Sammarone, a local New Jersey based pain doctor has issued a statement of reassurance that patients coming to him for epidural steroid injections will face zero risk of contracting fungal meningitis.
“While the outbreak of fungal meningitis is a serious public health concern, the risk is also restricted largely to the contaminated vials manufactured at the NECC.” Dr. Sammarone said.
The medication manufactured by the NECC contains contaminated samples of methyprednisolone acetate—a chemical not found in the medication that Dr. Sammarone uses in his epidural steroid injections. Instead, Dr. Sammarone uses Dexamethasone.
Dr. Sammarone says that “I want to assure all my patients—both past and present—that there is nothing to worry about. I’ve never used any products manufactured at the NECC nor do I plan on using any of their products. The loss of life in this current wave of fungal meningitis—while tragic—is something that has never happened and will never happen at my practice. Epidural steroid injection has been a very effective treatment for low back pain and will continue to be a very effective treatment vector.”
Dr. Sammarone a fellowship trained, triple board certified physician specializing in treating pain. With over 20 years of experience as well as being the recipient of the Top Doctor Award in 2009, 2010, and 2012, Dr. Sammarone aims to provide the highest quality of compassionate and personalized care to his patients. For more information about Dr. Sammarone or epidural steroid injections for low back pain, please visit his website here.