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Mary Lanning using FDA-approved medications for spinal injections

Recent outbreaks of fungal meningitis due to contaminated spinal injections should not cause worry to patients at Mary Lanning Healthcare, officials said.

Ronda Ehly, Vice President of Patient Strategy at Mary Lanning Healthcare, said back pain patients nationally are being warned to watch for symptoms of meningitis because of a custom-mixed steroid solution that may have been contaminated with fungus. Several people have died and many others have fallen ill.

Doctors who do these injections say they are extremely safe when done correctly with sterile drugs. 

Ehly said Mary Lanning Healthcare uses only drugs that come directly from the manufacturer, not those from compounding pharmacies like the Massachusetts company implicated in the outbreak.

“At Mary Lanning, we strive for high-quality care and work tirelessly to keep our patients safe,” Ehly said. “We examine any issue, such as the one now going on nationally, to make sure that our processes and our patients are as safe as possible.”