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Meningitis Outbreak

Meningitis Outbreak Attorneys

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In recent news articles the public has been alerted to a nationwide outbreak of deadly meningitis. Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is now investigating and accepting claims for injuries and deaths from spinal meningitis arising out of the contaminated steroid solution used in epidural steroid injections compounded and sold by New England Compounding Center out of Framingham, Massachusetts.

The steroid injections are of a drug called methylprednisolone acetate, which is believed to have been tainted with a fungus. The particular type of meningitis this has caused is fungal meningitis. Three lots of the product were distributed nationwide. The steroid solution has now been recalled and the factory’s operations have been shut down. Quite a number of deaths and numerous serious illnesses have already been reported. Many more are expected.

Patients who developed fungal meningitis (and some stroke) after having an epidural steroid injection are wondering if they can sue the maker of the steroid medication and the clinic where the injection was done for compensation. Depending on the facts of your case and the results of tests being done by the FDA and state health officials, you may have a case against the maker of your steroid injection.

CDC’s interim data show that all infected patients that are part of this outbreak received injections with preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) made (compounded) by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). This is epidemiological evidence that can be used to link the fungal meningitis illnesses to the NECC product.

In addition, FDA has observed fungal contamination by direct microscopic examination of foreign matter taken from a sealed vial of methylprednisolone acetate collected from NECC. FDA is in the process of conducting additional microbial testing to confirm the exact species of the fungus. You would likely have a good case if you were infected by the same fungus as the one the FDA is testing. For example, if you were infected with Aspergillus fumigatus (at least some of the outbreak patients were) and the FDA tests determine that the fungus in the vial is Aspergillus fumigatus, you would probably have a good case for injury or death from Aspergillus meningitis against NECC. However, every case is based on the facts, so the strength of your case will be based on the specific facts of your case.

Shaheen & Gordon’s experienced Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Liability Group can be reached at (603) 635-4099 or toll free at 1 (800) 451-1002.

If you believe you have been injured as a result of a contaminated steroid injection, call us to discuss with one of our experienced pharmaceutical and medical device lawyers how best to protect your rights. The lawyers at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. are experienced and actively involved in pursuing lawsuits involving unsafe drugs and medical devices. Our attorneys have successfully won verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients who have been injured by many different drugs and medical products including Rezulin, Baycol, Phenylpropanolamine (PPA), Sulzer Orthopedics, Hormone Replacement Therapy (Prempro) and other drugs and devices.

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