A message from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Medical Director Carl Olden, MD and Pharmacy Purchasing Supervisor Michael Sieg, Pharm.D.

New England Compounding Pharmacy Contaminated Products
The issue of contaminated products made by the New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECP) has been disseminated through the media nationwide. Medications from NECP are compounded specifically for individual patients and not sold in bulk. Some medications from NECP have been linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis. The list of medications suspected of contamination has grown from the original reports of methylprednisolone acetate and include triamcinolone preparations, as well as products utilized during open heart surgery.

The pharmacy at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital does not purchase any products from NECP. The Memorial pharmacy obtains a very small number of products from 3rd party suppliers. These products typically require high risk compounding that is not possible in our hospital pharmacy IV room. The majority of parenteral products administered at Memorial are obtained from our wholesaler or directly from the pharmaceutical manufacturer. These medications are prepared for administration on site in our certified IV room.

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