Seeking Justice, Compensation for Fungal Meningitis Victims
Have you or a loved one been a victim of meningitis contracted from contaminated syringes used in steroid treatment of pain and inflammation? If so, Doyle Raizner can help.
Who is affected?
The Massachusetts-based pharmacy New England Compounding Center (NECC) made the contaminated injections. Thousands of people in 17 states have contracted the disease and 23 have died as a result of the contamination. The Center for Disease Control expects many more cases due to the number of contaminated syringes. Officials say 76 medical facilities in 23 states received the contaminated steroid injections.
Three types of injections are involved in this outbreak: epidural injection, joint injection, and cardioplegic solution injections for open-heart surgery. Patients at risk received these injections on or after May 21, 2012. The side effects of these contaminated syringes include:
- Nervous system problems
- Inflamed arthritis of a joint
How could this happen?
New England Compounding Center (NECC) is a compounding pharmacy. Many compounding pharmacies long cheated safety regulations by claiming that they are merely pharmacies and not drug manufacturers. In the past, compounding pharmacies were small businesses that mixed medicines where there was a legitimate need. Today, the mass production of drugs has changed the task of a modern compounding pharmacy to adding flavors to medication, avoiding a non-essential ingredient that a patient may have an allergy to or obtaining an exact dose. Unfortunately, many of these mass production compounding pharmacies, like New England Compounding Center, skirt safety rules and play fast and loose with regulators and the law.
Since the shipment of contaminated syringes, NECC and the compounding pharmacy industry has been exposed as a loosely regulated industry resulting in deadly consequences. NBCNews has reported on the conditions of the pharmacy. Leaking water collected outside of rooms that were supposed to be sterile, floor mats used by technicians were filled with dirt and debris, shipments not confirmed sterile sent anyway are all among a long list of infractions.
What to do now
The CDC and FDA have identified the companies whose failed obligation to safety caused contaminated syringes to infect more than 14,000 people. If you or a loved one was a patient for a procedure involving these injections, get help from your doctor immediately. To learn more about your legal rights, contact a Doyle Raizner attorney today.