By October 25, 2012, at least 317 patients who had received the steroid shot Methylprednisolone Acetate (MPA) that was processed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) were diagnosed with fungal meningitis, twenty four of whom lost their life. NECC processed and distributed the steroid shots to 76 clinics in 23 states. It is estimated that nearly all 17,700 doses of the Methylprednisolone Acetate vials produced at that time may be contaminated with the fungus.
Fungal meningitis is a rare disease characterized by the severe inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. A back injection with tainted Methylprednisolone Acetate would put any contaminant contained in the drug in direct contact with that lining.
Signs and symptoms of fungal meningitis may include:
- photophobia (sensitivity to light)
- altered mental state
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), several of the cases of fungal meningitis linked to the outbreak have led to strokes. Telltale symptoms of the disease typically begin to show in patients between one and four weeks after patients receive the injections.
Do I Have a Fungal Meningitis Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC are experienced trial lawyers who will fight for your rights and seek to help you recover damages if you or a loved on has suffered injury or even wrongful death as the result of processing procedures by the NECC when producing tainted vials Methylprednisolone Acetate
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