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Local Patients “At No Risk” From Meningitis-Tainted Steroid

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s a message said with absolute confidence.

“Our patients are at no risk,” said Dr. Scott Cooper, Managing Partner at Pioneer Spine and Sports Physicians.

Cooper said he understand why patients might need reassuring when it comes to steroid injections they’ve recently had or plan to get. News has been everywhere about the widespread meningitis outbreak from tainted steroid medication made by New England Compounding Center in Framingham. There’s a simple reason Cooper can be so certain his patients are safe.

“We’ve never purchased steroids from that facility,” said Cooper. “To my knowledge, none of the other providers in the area have received steroids from that facility either.”

Cooper said a lot of compounding facilities like NECC have popped up in recent years. They often make generic drugs that large pharmaceuticals have stopped producing because of small profit margins.

Cooper said PSSP rarely orders from compounding companies. For now, they’re stopping all together out of concern for their patients.

“We’ve made a decision that until the dust settles, hearings are held, and it becomes clear what type of oversight is actually being done on these facilities, we’ll just find alternative medications to use,” said Cooper.

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