By Walter F. Roche Jr.
A Tennessee compounding pharmacy has been cited for using outdated, deteriorated or otherwise unsafe ingredients and state health officials are warning patients who may have received injectable drugs from the Cleveland druggist not to use them.
The warning applies to products from The Wellness Store Compounding Pharmacy at 3555 Keith St. NW in Cleveland.
In announcing the warning, state health officials said they were not aware of any illnesses caused by drugs sold by the pharmacy and that the volume of drugs produced was small.
"However, this warning is being issued out of an abundance of caution," the agency said in a statement.
Symptoms of possible contamination include pain, swelling or redness at or near the injection site.
The state is asking that any unused medications from the pharmacy be sent to the state for further testing.
Other violations found in an August inspection of the pharmacy include intentional falsification of records, the unsupervised production of compounded drugs and illegal dispensing of controlled substances.
According to the department the licenses for the pharmacy and pharmacist Robin Terrero were summarily suspended.
The action is one of the first since the enactment of a new law and supporting regulations adopted after Tennessee became one of the hardest hit in the nation from tainted injectable steroids issued by a now defunct Massachusetts drug compounding firm.
Clinics known to have received injectable medications from the Cleveland pharmacy are Associates in Spine and Joint Medicine, Cleveland Medical Associates, Internal Medicine Group and Voytik Center for Orthopedics, all in Cleveland, East Tennessee Vein Clinic in Knoxville, Hollywood Body Spa in Athens, Kennedy Clinic in Ooletewah, Lynn Garden Weight Loss in Kingsport and Premier Weight Management in LaFollete.