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Contaminated Methylprednisolone Acetate (steroid injection) May Lead to Meningitis Lawsuits

Contaminated Methylprednisolone Acetate (steroid injection) Causes Meningitis Outbreak & Lawsuits

Fungal Meningitis due to tainted Steroid Injections

Contaminated Methylprednisolone Acetate (steroid injection) May Lead to Meningitis Lawsuits

Our firm is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of patients who received preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid injection used to treat back pain, manufactured by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts.

The company has recalled three lots, a total of 17,676 vials, of the medication due to a potential outbreak of fungal meningitis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have warned against using any product from the company.


Michigan, Virginia & Tennessee Meningitis Outbreak

Meningitis Outbreak Map - Michigan Meningitis Outbreak Virginia Meningitis Outbreak Tennessee Meningitis Outbreak

Several Dead, Thousands May Be At Risk

In September 2012, the CDC was alerted to a case of fungal meningitis in Tennessee that occurred 19 days after an epidural steroid injection with methylprednisolone acetate. Approximately, one week later, the agency received word of additional cases in other states. As of October 2012, 35 cases associated with the contaminated injections have been documented in Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina and Indiana. Five of these patients died; three in Tennessee and one from Maryland as well as Virginia.

According to Dr. Benjamin Park, medical epidemiologist at the CDC, the tainted medications may have been distributed to 75 facilities across 23 states. However, since the New England Compounding Center is licensed in all 50 states, the scope of the issue may be even larger, said Director of the FDA Office of Compliance Ilisa Bernstein. "Given the severity of illness,
we believe these precautionary measures are warranted to protect public health…We don’t know the scope of this” Bernstein stated.

According to a report in the Washington Post, many vials of the recalled injections have already been used. Over 500 patients in an Evansville, Indiana clinic and at least 900 patients in two clinics in Tennessee received doses of the recalled injections.

The New England Compounding Center:
Previous Safety Issues

The company in question is a compounding pharmacy, meaning that it custom mixes medications in ways that usually aren’t available commercially. Generally, compounding pharmacies are not as tightly regulated as other drug makers; their products do not have to be approved by the FDA.

The cases of fungal meningitis contamination are not the first time the New England Compounding Center has come under scrutiny over safety issues. In 2006, the FDA warned the company to stop compounding topical anesthetic cream due to reports of seizures and irregular heartbeats.

Legal Help for Victims of Fungal Meningitis Due to Contamination of Steroid Injections If you or a loved one developed fungal meningitis after receiving a dose of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate manufactured by the New England Compounding Center, you may have valuable legal rights. To learn how our personal injury and product liability lawyers can help you, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case with one of our experienced lawyers.


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A just-filed federal settlement with a bankruptcy judge will create a multi-million dollar fund meant for compensation to victims of the meningitis outbreak that was tied to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy and tainted spinal steroid injections. The 2012 nationwide outbreak sickened over 750 people across a score of states and killed 64 others. To blame was a tainted steroid manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

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A settlement has finally been reached in the deadly meningitis outbreak tied to the now-bankrupt New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. (NECC). The owners and insurers of Framingham, Massachusetts’ NECC have agreed to pay more than $100 million, according to Reuters, to compensate the victims of the outbreak and their families, and creditors. The accord is preliminary and requires court approval and final documentation and the settlement does not cover claims against various clinics that...

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As the fungal meningitis outbreak continues to widen daily, federal lawmakers have finally begun to discuss potential increased regulations on the companies that manufacture the contaminated drug responsible for the current situation.Reuters reports that, as of early Wednesday, a total of 12 people have died and at least 124 people have fallen seriously ill with fungal meningitis after they received a contaminated epidural steroid injection. The latest victim of the outbreak to die as a result...

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