North Carolina Health Officials Investigating Product from Compounding Pharmacy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 24, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy are participating with other local, state and federal health agencies in an investigation of products prepared by a compounding manufacturer, Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tennessee that were shipped to three North Carolina clinics. The North Carolina investigation began after the FDA was notified of two individuals who developed complications after administration of an injectable steroid product at a clinic in Greenville, N.C. Main Street Family Pharmacy has issued a voluntary recall of all sterile products.
State and local public health officials are working with the three clinics that received the formulation of methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid product, associated with the investigation. The clinics involved are Carolina Arthritis Center in Pitt County, Bailey Family Practice Center in Nash County, and Shallote Medical Center in Brunswick County. The clinics are notifying patients who may have been exposed to alert them to any signs and symptoms of complications. As a precaution, the N.C. Board of Pharmacy has contacted the clinics and asked that all products from the pharmacy be quarantined and the pharmacy has agreed to voluntary surrender its North Carolina pharmacy license.
Complications identified thus far are skin abscesses. Health officials have not had any reports of meningitis, stroke, or death. Any individuals who are experiencing any unexplained health problems following an injection of methylprednisolone acetate from one of these clinics are encouraged to contact the administering clinic or their regular health care provider.
2012 Community Health Assessment
Community Health Assessment (CHA) is an effort to involve residents and health service providers in reviewing health statistics along with community concerns to prioritize health needs for our county and to create a plan to address these priorities over the next four years.
For this Community Health Assessment process, Greene County had the unique opportunity to utilize a model called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), a community-based framework for improving public health based in part on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative. MAPP helps communities, like ours, review health status indicators, prioritize public health issues, identify resources and develop strategies for addressing priority issues. The MAPP process results in the development of a community-wide action plan for public health improvement. This program is designed to implement policy, systems and environmental changes aimed at improving community health and removing disparities in our community.
MAPP was originally developed by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We worked closely with the North Carolina Division of Public Health – Chronic Disease and Injury Section and the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University to implement MAPP in Greene County. Hertford and Nash counties also participated in the MAPP process in 2011 – 2012.
To view the 2012 Community Health Assessment for Greene County, please click here.
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