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FAHC reviewing medications from Mass. lab

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Doctors at Vermont's largest hospital are expanding their list of patients to contact associated with the nationwide outbreak of meningitis.

Fletcher Allen Health Care did not receive any of the tainted steroids in question, but they did receive other medications from the New England Compounding Pharmacy in Massachusetts.  Those drugs were immediately pulled from the hospital when the outbreak first started, but now other medications have been called into question and reports of infections in some patients joints have federal health officials recommending a broader review.

"The product that we did buy was used in an injection form in a couple of our health care services. We have contacted patients going back a couple of weeks, just to check in with them. The latest information from the federal government is to check back with patients as far back as May 21st and so we're developing that list and will do so now," said FAHC Spokesperson, Mike Noble.
   
Noble said there have been no reports of illness in any Fletcher Allen patients already contacted, and they believe if there was a problem with the products used since May, they would already know about it.

Hospital officials were meeting Thursday afternoon to determine how to proceed.

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