Tainted medication linked to meningitis outbreak not shipped to Alaska

Michelle Theriault Boots

None of the medication implicated in a meningitis outbreak that has killed seven people in the Lower 48 came to Alaska, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The contaminated drug is a steroid-based pain medication injected into the spine.

The company that distributed the medication, New England Compounding Pharmacy, has recalled all products made at or distributed from one of its facilities "out of an abundance of caution," according to a release from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Some of the recalled products may have been sent to Alaska, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There's no evidence those products are contaminated, DHSS said in a release.

The outbreak had sickened 91 people in nine states and killed seven.


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