A Lowcountry pain clinic that received and administered possible tainted medicine connected with the national fungal meningitis outbreak has spent the past few weeks contacting patients who may have been affected.

The state’s first suspected case of fungal meningitis linked to a tainted steroid was reported Wednesday by interveneMD, which specializes in acute and chronic pain management.

The clinic has two locations, one in Mount Pleasant and one in North Charleston.

National attention has been focused on fungal meningitis and drug safety since health officials discovered a link between reports of the illness and those who received the steroid methylprednisolone acetate, which was made at New England Compounding Center. The drug is injected into the spine or joint for pain relief.

“This has been a very difficult few weeks for us and our patients,” said Todd Joye, a partner with interveneMD at a press conference Friday.

“We’ve had to notify patients, many of whom we’ve known for many years, who are like family to us, that they received a contaminated medication.”

Read more in Saturday’s editions of The Post and Courier.