Tampa dermatologist stresses importance of buying from trusted medical suppliers in midst of nation-wide meningitis outbreak

Seth Forman, M.D. warns consumers of the possible dangers of using prescriptions from non-regulated facilities
(PR NewsChannel) / October 25, 2012 / TAMPA, Fla. 

Tampa dermatologist Forman dermatology and skin cancer instituteWith the recent fungal meningitis outbreak, Tampa dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman believes now is the time for patients to take control of their healthcare by asking questions about pharmaceutical products and where they originate.

One of the steroids linked to the deadly fungal infection outbreak is Kenalog, which is often used by dermatologists to treat symptoms of various skin conditions, including alopecia areata, keloids and inflammatory diseases. Forman uses Kenalog in his Tampa dermatology practice, but he buys his supply directly from the manufacturer.

“When patients need any type of steroid injection, they need to know it’s okay to ask questions and which ones are the right questions to ask,” says the Tampa dermatologist. “They need to ask where their drugs are coming from, whether it’s the manufacturer or compounds.”

The recent deadly fungal meningitis outbreak has been linked to a compound pharmacy in Framingham, Mass. According to Reuters, the outbreak originated from contaminated steroid shots that were allegedly sent from the New England Compounding Center, NECC.

With 308 reported cases of meningitis in 17 states and 23 deaths, this has quickly become a national worry.

Compounding pharmacies like NECC are different than manufacturing pharmacies. They custom mix drugs and are not regulated by the FDA, according to the Wall Street Journal.  

For more on Dr. Seth Forman, Tampa dermatologist or Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute please visit www.FormanDerm.com.

About Dr. Seth Forman: Dr. Forman is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Tampa, Florida. He was voted the “Best Dermatologist in Carrollwood” in August 2011 by the Carrollwood News and Tribune. In December 2011, he opened his new Tampa dermatology  office, Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, where he gives psoriasis sufferers access to the latest treatment options, including topical and oral medications, as well as biological and phototherapy. Dr. Forman is one of the few Tampa dermatologists to offer narrowband light therapy, which uses pharmaceutical grade light to suppress psoriasis. He’s also one of the few board-certified dermatologists in the U.S. to use the SRT-100 radiotherapy to treat basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

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