Fungal Meningitis Lawsuit Update: Meningitis from Epidural Steroid Injections Spreads to 18 States
More than 330 cases of fungal meningitis, including 25 deaths, have been tied to contaminated epidural steroid injections supplied by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.
New York, New York (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
The fungal meningitis outbreak tied to epidural steroid injections supplied by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) has spread to 18 states, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) most recent update, 337 cases of fungal meningitis, including 25 deaths, have been reported among people who received NECC steroid injections. NECC epidural steroid injections are also the suspected cause in seven cases of peripheral joint infections that occurred after patients received injections in a knee, hip, shoulder or elbow.*
A number of fungal meningitis lawsuits have already been filed across the country by people who were allegedly sickened by NECC's epidural steroid injections. Recently, plaintiffs in fungal meningitis lawsuits pending in federal court petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate all federally-filed claims in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota for pretrial proceedings. (Bansale v. New England Compounding Pharmacy, No. 12-14559 [E.D. Mich.])
“In light of the number of people exposed to NECC's epidural steroid injections, it's not surprising that additional cases of fungal meningitis are being reported to the CDC nearly every day, “ says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm that represents people injured by defective drugs and medical devices. The firm is currently offering free fungal meningitis lawsuit evaluations to anyone affected by this outbreak and the NECC epidural steroid recall.
Epidural Steroid Recall
In September, NECC announced an epidural steroid recall for 17,000 vials of preservative-free methylprednilosone injections. The recalled epidural steroids were distributed to 76 facilities in 23 states. Some 14,000 people are known to have been injected with one of the contaminated steroids, according to the CDC. On October 6, NECC recalled all of its products and surrendered its license to operate.
Massachusetts-based NECC is now the subject of multiple state and federal investigations, according to a report from The New York Times. A U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) inspection of its Framingham facility revealed unsanitary conditions including “greenish-yellow residue on sterilization equipment, surfaces coated with levels of mold and bacteria that exceeded the company's own environmental limits, and an air-conditioner that was shut off nightly despite the importance of controlling temperature and humidity.” The Times also reported that prior to the meningitis disaster, NECC had been operating as a “major drug maker that supplied some of the most prestigious hospitals in the country, including ones affiliated with Harvard, Yale and the Mayo Clinic, all with minimal oversight from federal regulators.” Compounding pharmacies like NECC are only licensed to manufacture customized medications for individual patients. According to the Times, hospitals once supplied by NECC included Manhattan's
Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, as well as Brigham and Women's Hospital, a Harvard affiliate in Boston.**
Victims of the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to epidural steroid injections may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Learn more about filing a fungal meningitis lawsuit by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/. For additional information, contact one of the firm's fungal meningitis lawyers today at (877) 779-1414.
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