This story in The Tennessean is really strange. The gist seems to be that State Senator Steve Dickerson injected steroids into some patients at Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center a year ago, right before a meningitis outbreak was linked to the center.
Redacted patient treatment records obtained by The Tennessean show Dickerson was listed as the treating physician for two patients at the clinic in August and September of last year. The outpatient center shut down on Sept. 20, two days after a physician realized a possible link between her patient’s fungal meningitis and the steroid injections he had received at the clinic.
Dickerson has not been named as a defendant in any of the pending cases. The records do not indicate the source of the spinal steroid.
But there doesn't seem to be any indication that Dickerson's patients got meningitis, nor that he knew of the risk of meningitis. He wouldn't have been the one to order the drugs. The story goes on to say that Dr. John Culclasure, medical director of the center, donated a couple grand to Dickerson's campaign. And there's some stuff about a piece of legislation Dickerson helped pass.
I'm not understanding what the problem is here. Dickerson has rich friends who give him money. He gives his patients medicine. He voted on some legislation his friends benefited from, but he's a state senator, so that makes sense. That seems to be all that Dickerson could control. It's terrible that patients got meningitis from tainted medication, but we don't know that they were Dickerson's patients or that, if they were, Dickerson could have known that the medication was tainted. So, is it really news that Dickerson's sometimes worked at the Center?