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Health officials investigating product used in Roswell dental clinic

MGN Online
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 10:45pm

The New Mexico Department of Health is participating with other local, state and federal health agencies in an investigation of products prepared by a drug manufacturer and used by dental clinics and dentist practices around the United States.

New Mexico is one of 13 states with at least one clinic receiving the product. New Mexico's one clinic is in Roswell, Roswell Family Care, where the drug is no longer in use.

The Department of Health is already working with the clinic in Roswell to get a list of patients who received the product and will contact the patients to advise them of precautions and assure none have had any illness.

The drug is methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) and is used to treat pain.

To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received seven reports of illness related to the MPA - all of them in North Carolina and Illinois. There are no reports of any issues in New Mexico.

The only complications identified in North Carolina and Illinois thus far are skin abscesses.

There are no reports of meningitis, stroke, or death. 

The drug was produced by Main Street Family Pharmacy, LLC, in Newbern, Tennessee.

The company has recently issued a recall of its entire stock of sterile products (including MPA) manufactured after Dec. 6, 2012.


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