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MCDH Patients Avoid Contaminated Steroid Noted in National FDA Investigation
—Posted Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 5:24 pm— « »

I pleased to say that our patients were not injected with contaminated steroid because of our “best practices” approach of buying our drugs only from reliable sources.

Lois Leister, the pharmacy Director at MCDH, has confirmed that Mendocino Coast District Hospital has at no time purchased any methylprednisolone acetatate injection which has been  produced and distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The FDA investigation into the exact source of the outbreak is still ongoing, but the outbreak that has been associated with this product is preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml),  an injectable steroid , produced and distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts.  CDC’s interim data show that all infected patients received injection with this product.

To read the MedWatch safety alert, incliding links to the FDA statement, Q&As, and list of recalled products, click here. The Dept. of Anesthesia would like to alleviate any concerns by patients or their families, by stating that only methylprednisolone, manufactured by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, has been used in epidural steroid injections performed at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital.



Pharmacy Moving Day
—Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 7:12 pm— « »

Pharmacy Staff

Pharmacy staff members pictured, Margaret Bradshaw, Lois Leister, Lil Paoli, Marie George

Mendocino Coast District Hospital is 38 years old and has a great need for a new Pharmacy department.   We have a top notch staff of Pharmacists and Pharmacist Technicians who work in a Pharmacy that has changed very little in all of those years.  Thanks to our U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson and the U.S. government, grant funds have been made available so that we can upgrade and expand our pharmacy.  The first step in expanding our Pharmacy is to vacate the existing department.  That step was accomplished today with the hard work of, not only the entire Pharmacy staff, but also the tireless work of our Plant Maintenance Staff.  The Maintenance Staff handled all of the “heavy lifting,” while the well organized Pharmacy staff pulled stock from shelves and placed it on carts that were wheeled from the current department into a temporary department that will be the home for our Pharmacy for the next 6 months.