October 9, 2012

Message from VUMC's Pharmacy and Department of Infection Control & Prevention about the nationwide meningitis outbreak

Broad news coverage continues about the fungal meningitis outbreak affecting Tennessee and 22 other states caused by medications prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

In response to questions from VUMC clinicians and patients associated with this outbreak, the Vanderbilt Pharmacy would like to provide the following assurance: "After a careful review of all compounded medications used at VUMC, we are not aware of any VUMC clinics or hospitals that have received or used any spinal or injectable medication from the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy now associated with the fungal meningitis outbreak in Tennessee and other states," said Mark Sullivan, director of VUH Pharmacy Operations. "Patients may continue to receive spinal injection procedures within the Vanderbilt system as medically indicated."

In cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Poison Center is the designated call center to address questions from the public about the meningitis outbreak. Members of the public can be directed to call (800) 222-1222 and press Option 1 to be connected with a poison information specialist.

Information for clinicians from the Department of Infection Control & Prevention regarding the fungal meningitis outbreak: The department’s website provides guidance for patient evaluation for suspected fungal meningitis and also a link to the most current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention