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Middle TN clinic received possibly tainted steroid injections

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee medical facility is among seven across the state that received possibly tainted medication, the state health department announced Tuesday.

The facilities in Tennessee which received the suspect medication are:

  • Axis Medical Clinic, White House
  • Quality Care, Jackson
  • Pinnacle Pain Management Clinic, Union City
  • Getwell Family Clinic, Jackson
  • Walker Pain Management Center, Jackson
  • First Choice Clinic, Dyersburg
  • Christian Care Clinic, Newbern

The seven Tennessee clinics gave patients injections that could have been tainted, but the problem could be much larger than that, as clinics in 14 states received the same supply.

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday the problems involve steroid injections from Main Street Family Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Newbern, TN.

Officials have not confirmed that the products are contaminated, but they are being treated as though they are, Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said.

And that is enough to remind Joan Peay of the worst year of her life.

Peay survived the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012 after receiving a tainted steroid injection made by New England Compounding Center.

"Worst thing I've ever gone through," Peay said.

The thought it could be happening again at a different pharmacy seems a familiar nightmare for her and fellow survivors.

"I just could hardly believe it," Peay said. "Somebody there should've known, and it's a shame and a crime that they don't do something about it before people get injected."

Health experts issued the alert late last week after seven people in two states developed a variety of problems.

"I think it's pretty scary, especially if people are not knowing what they're getting and who they're getting it from and where it's coming from," said medical customer Kathy Sisk.

Early on, the state tried to calm fears.

"It's important, again, to point out that we don't have confirmation - at this point - that these products are actually contaminated. We are certainly concerned that they are, and we are acting as if they are," Dreyzehner said.

The exact risk remains a mystery survivors like Peay will certainly watch unfold.

"I mean, how could we let something like that happen again? That's just unbelievable to me," she said.

The state recently placed Main Street Family Pharmacy on probation for safety lapses.

State health experts have not yet seen the vials of the medicine believed to be tainted. Clinics already gave out most of them and threw out the rest because they expired.

The company voluntarily recalled all of its compounded medications.

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