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Local Patients Worry About Steroid Contamination, Hospital Speaks Out

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SHERMAN, TX -- Eight have died and hundreds of others have been infected with Meningitis after a Massachusetts company distributed a tainted steroid product. Now a Sherman surgical hospital is speaking out about the pain relieving steroid they use.

Physicians at Heritage Park Surgical Center give hundreds of steroid injections for pain on a weekly basis.

"We have pain injections scheduled just about five days a week, every week," says Kendra Sikes, Manager of Physician Services.

Since news broke of a Meningitis outbreak linked to a pain relieving steroid from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, this hospitals phones have been ringing non stop.

"We've received at least 10 to 20 calls each day. That's not including the ones that have gone to their physicians and called their physicians," says Sikes.

With phones calls not slowing down anytime soon, staff want to let their patients know, they have not been infected.

"We have not ever ordered from this company. The drug that we use is the same drug, but it's actually manufactured by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and it's manufactured in a FDA approved manufacturing plant," says Tim Burditt, Director of Pharmacy, Heritage Park Surgical Center.

New reports say the outbreak has now reached 105 cases with eight deaths so far. The steroid linked infection has been reported in Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.

"Once they came out with the manufacturer of the product, we knew we had not previously ordered from this company," says Burditt.

As many as 13,000 patients may have been exposed to the potentially contaminated drugs. The tainted product has since been recalled.

"That was the only company involved in the recall and it still is," says Burditt.

There have been no reports of sickness in Texas or Oklahoma.