Knoxville clinic clears menigitis fears via mail

5:17 PM, Oct 5, 2012   |    comments
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Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic is stitching up patient concerns Friday.  The facility mailed 700 letters to patients informing them KOC is not connected to the current meningitis outbreak.

"Fortunately, I just hired a nursing assistant to explain everything [to callers].  It has made my life substantially better," said Dr. Michael Craig with KOC.

Dr. Craig gave 16 epidural steroid injections Friday.  Clinic patients have nothing to worry about, we're told.  KOC does not use compounded drugs, like the one in question.

"They're [compounded] not FDA approved medications.  They're being compounded for specific uses.  Sometimes that's very justifiable.  But, for common steroid injections, there are FDA approved medications being used that are perfectly acceptable," Dr. Craig said.

KOC said their receptionists have also fielded many calls from concerned patients.

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