KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- UT Medical Center and East Tennessee Children's Hospital say they never bought those tainted steroid shots, but they did pull other products made by the same facility. The hospital tells us it never had the tainted steroid injections so families shouldn't worry about that. It did buy 3 other medicines from New England Compounding Center which more than 200 patients got.
Children's Hospital took medicine out of operation, two weeks ago.
These products are diuretics and additives to IV fluids and IV nutrition. Children's gave them to patients from July through October 4th. Now, they're calling 229 former patients and sending out letters.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Childs says, "We'll give them some things to watch for in the event they turn out to be contaminated. Those symptoms are just illness, fever, chills for no known cause."
As for these supplies, they're holding them until the FDA instructs them on what to do. We asked Dr. Childs if they are positive the things they took off the shelf won't have fungal meningitis. Dr. Childs says, "3:09 The FDA's statement is they can't verify the safety of any product from the NECC, but there's nothing known about contamination of these products now and we've had no patients who've gotten sick from these products."
No one's sick, but parents need to watch out since the incubation period for fungal meningitis could be 1 to 4 weeks.
Seventy-four Tennessee hospitals bought products from NECC.
We called all the hospitals in our local area. We found out UT Medical Center is the only other hospital that bought a product from NECC. They tell us they never bought any steroid medication, but administrators are sending notifications to 50 patients who got eye procedures.
The following hospitals never bought from NECC:
Fort Sanders Regional
Methodist Medical in Oak Ridge
Fort Loudon Medical
LeConte Medical in Sevierville
Morristown/Hamblem in Morristown
Turkey Creek Medical
North Knoxville Medical
Jefferson Memorial in Jefferson City