Columbus clinic received tainted medicine: 309 Wellspring patients given injections linked to contaminated batch, fungal meningitis

One batch of medicine sent by a New England pharmacy to a pain-management practice in Columbus has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as tainted.

A total of 309 patients of Columbus’ Wellspring Pain Solutions received injections that could have been tainted, according to Columbus Regional Health spokeswoman Paige Harden.

“Our phone is ringing off the hook this morning,” Paulette Fry, Wellspring’s practice manager, said Friday. “Of course they’re concerned.”

The steroid medicine has triggered fungal meningitis that has killed five people nationwide, said federal health officials.

It also is linked to strokes.

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