LITTLE ROCK — The state Department of Health and other state and federal health organizations are investigating reports of infections among some patients who received injections of steroids produced in Tennessee, state health officials said Friday.
The infections were experienced by 20 patients — 13 in Florida, five in Illinois and two in North Carolina — who received injections of methylprednisolone acetate, or MPA, after Dec. 6, 2012. The steroid was produced by Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tenn., and distributed to 15 states, including Arkansas. The pharmacy has voluntarily recalled the drug.
Complications identified so far have been limited to skin abscesses at the site of injection and joint infections. There are no reports of meningitis, stroke or death, health officials said.
Peoples who are experiencing any unexplained health problems following an injection of MPA from any of the following Arkansas clinics are encouraged to contact the clinic or their regular health care provider: Antoon Medical Clinic in Stamps; Lofton Family Clinic in De Queen; Ouachita Family Practice in Mena; Reinhart Family Healthcare in Monticello; Monticello Medical Clinic in Monticello; Southern Medical Group in Magnolia; Chambliss & Davis Clinic in Magnolia; Coast to Coast Medical in West Memphis; Family Medicine in White Hall; or Integrated Health in Fayetteville.