Nassau Man Infected from Tainted Steroids

First case in New York State confirmed from tainted steroids at Mineola clinic.

New York State health officials confirmed Thursday that a Nassau County man has been diagnosed with a fungal infection, which has been connected to tainted steroids linked to a New England pharmacy.

It is the first known case in New York linked to the tainted steroids.

The man, whose name is being withheld, received treatment Sept. 25 at the Mineola-based Action Sports Medicine & Pain Management and complications developed last week according to Nassau County Health Department spokesperson Mary Ellen Laurain.

Other tainted shipments of steroids from the New England pharmacy were sent to Rochester and Mount Vernon.

According to the Center for Disease Control, which also confirmed the case, a total of 20 people have died from the outbreak and 16 states have been affected.

The Nassau County resident is among three people who have contracted septic arthritis, a non life-threatening condition that includes fever, joint swelling, redness, stiffness and occurs when fluid between joints is infected, specifically by the fungus in this case.

There were a total of 17 clients injected with tainted steroids at Action Sports from September 21-25. A total of 30 single-dose vials of tainted product were received by the facility from New England Compounding Center, a Framingham, Massachusetts-based specialty pharmacy which has recalled all of it products.

Action Sports Medicine has reached out to all of its patients who received the tainted steroids and would be monitoring them for any complications which may arise.

A press release on the Action Sports Medicine website states that the clinic “will continue to work closely with both state and federal health authorities in their on-going investigation into NECC.”


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