Fungal Meningitis Outbreak; FDA Releases New Information
On October 4, 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement that all products that are produced by New England Compounding Center (NECC) should be avoided by all medical professionals. Such products are to be contained and secured. A few days later, the NECC voluntarily recalled all of its products at their Framingham, Mass. facility. To date, 25 deaths and more hundreds of illnesses have been directly related to the fungal meningitis outbreak throughout the US.
WHAT PRODUCTS ARE TAINTED
It was believed early on that the fungal meningitis outbreak was a caused by contaminated epidural steroid injections only. After and FDA inspection, is now believed to expand far beyond just the steroid injections to include all products that were contaminated at the NECC facility in Mass. There were numerous contaminated areas found throughout the entire facility including areas that were specifically designated as sterile areas. Specifically, methylprednisolone acetate has been identified as the contaminated steroid.
PREVIOUS PROBLEMS WITH KEEPING A CLEAN AND SAFE FACILITY
What makes the contamination of the steroid injections and this nationwide outbreak is that this facility has been unable to maintain a sterile, clean facility and two prior inspections earlier this year noted the problems. Most of those impacted by this outbreak are in the Mid-West and the East Coast however, it is critical that if you feel you’ve been exposed, to immediately seek medical attention.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
The FDA have asked medical facilities (hospitals, clinics and doctors) in 23 states to stop using any medications received from the New England Compounding Center (New England Compounding Pharmacy) immediately. Anyone who has received epidural injections since July 1 should watch for symptoms of meningitis. Symptoms include: headache, fever, stiff neck, trouble walking or falling and progressing back pain and stroke.
MOVING FORWARD AND FUTURE LITIGATION
There have been over 340 confirmed cases of the fungal meningitis outbreak directly related to this outbreak. If you or a loved one have been infected by one of these contaminated injections or other contaminated medical injections, it is important that you not only seek immediate medical attention, but that you speak with an experience attorney about your legal rights. Protect yourself and your family and don’t delay finding out what your options are. The first fungal meningitis outbreak lawsuit was filed in Minnesota two weeks ago in the form of a class-action against the NECC. It is expected that there will be hundreds of similar cases throughout the country as it is estimated nearly 14,000 people have been injected with contaminated injections.
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THE TORKZADEH LAW FIRM INVESTIGATES POTENTIAL CONTAMINATED INJECTION CASES
The Torkzadeh Law Firm is now looking at potential cases of the contaminated injections and other medications that have been distributed and administered to patients across the country. There are potential class-action and individual cases and the firm is seeking to explore all options available to those who have been impacted.