Meningitis Outbreak Statement

Unaffected by Meningitis Outbreak, Arizona Pain Ensures Patients’ Safety

Arizona Pain, the premier pain management center in the Phoenix area, remains safe from exposure to the national outbreak of meningitis. All three pain clinics in Scottsdale, Glendale, and Chandler have been cleared of any risk involving the fungal contamination allegedly spread by epidural steroid injections.

Scottsdale, AZ – October 10, 2012 – Arizona Pain (arizonapain.com), the elite comprehensive pain management clinic in the Phoenix area, has cleared all three of their pain management facilities from any possible risk of exposure to the national outbreak of meningitis.

The recent outbreak has largely affected patients in several other states, including Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, and Michigan. These patients received spinal injections through a medication produced from the Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center. The suspected steroid medication in the injections was often used to treat back pain.

“Arizona Pain has never utilized the suspected manufacturer of these contaminated products in any capacity,” says Dr. Tory McJunkin. “We are committed to patient safety and none of Arizona Pain’ medication vendors are being affected by this outbreak,” says Dr. McJunkin.

National reports say that tests are still underway to identify the exact type of fungus linked to the outbreak among back-pain patients who received injections of methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid that is injected into the epidural space of the spine.

“When performing epidural steroid injections, we do not inject depomedrol or its generic version, methylprednisolone acetate. Our often utilized steroids of choice include triamcinolone or dexamethasone,” says Dr. McJunkin.

Arizona Pain continues to uphold nationally recognized practice standards as a leader in the field of pain management, and specializes in cutting edge, minimally invasive procedures for all types of chronic pain. Their many non-surgical procedures have shown to be extremely successful in curing pain, including epidural steroid injections for back and neck pain.

“We have always tried to be as proactive as possible when it comes to patient safety. In this case, our high standards of quality control ensured our patients were not exposed to unnecessary risk,” says Arizona Pain CEO Joe Carlon.

About Arizona Pain

The team at Arizona Pain is dedicated to providing relief for various types of chronic pain, including back, neck, facial, joint, hip and cancer pain, as well as other chronic pain conditions. These specialists work with one mission in mind: “to change lives by delivering world-class pain management care that we would want for our own mom and dad.” Dr. Tory McJunkin and Dr. Paul Lynch founded Arizona Pain after a close family member battled severe, debilitating pain. Arizona Pain remain passionate about treating those who suffer from chronic pain, with the ultimate goal of providing hope and restoring life.