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October 5, 2012

Facilities that received possibly tainted steroid located elsewhere

CUMBERLAND — The Maryland medical facilities that received a possibly tainted steroid linked to the meningitis illnesses of about three dozen people and five deaths in several states are located in the Baltimore area or eastern portion of Maryland.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said seven clinics received the drug from a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The pharmacy issued a recall last week and has shut down operations. One person died in Maryland and another person is ill.

Health officials have not identified the Maryland resident who died. They say the outbreak is linked to steroid injections, mostly for back pain.

The clinics include Harford County Ambulatory Surgery Center; Berlin Interventional Pain Management; Box Hill Surgery Center, Abingdon; Greenspring Surgery Center, Baltimore; Maryland Pain Specialists, Towson; SurgCenter of Bel Air; and Zion Ambulatory Center, Baltimore.

The Western Maryland Health System does not purchase any products prepared by the New England Compounding Center, which is a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

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