Meningitis Outbreak Caused by Contaminated Steroid Injections
Philadelphia and Allentown, Pennsylvania and New Jersey
A recent fungal meningitis outbreak has resulted in more than 170 reports of illness and 14 deaths across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak was caused by a contaminated steroid injection manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). The steroid is primarily used to alleviate back pain.
NECC had initially distributed more than 17,700 single-dose vials of the contaminated steroid to 76 clinics in 23 states including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is estimated that approximately 14,000 people have been exposed to the contaminated steroid. NECC has initiated a voluntary recall of the steroid, as well as all other products manufactured at their Framingham, Massachusetts plant.
If you or a loved one has developed fungal meningitis from taking this contaminated product, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. The attorneys at Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller are currently investigating pharmaceutical injury cases related to this outbreak. If you believe you have a case, please call 1-800-LAW-6600 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Fungal Meningitis Symptoms
Meningitis is a potentially fatal condition caused by an inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. Fungal meningitis, which is a very rare form of the condition, has been linked to the contaminated steroid injections. It is not contagious.
While most of these steroid injections have been used to address back pain, some have also been administered to regions of the body such as the knees and ankles. It is unclear whether the injection location impacts your risk of developing fungal meningitis.
Symptoms of fungal meningitis include:
- Neck stiffness
- Severe headaches
- Light sensitivity
It takes anywhere between one and four weeks for symptoms to develop, so it is likely that more cases of meningitis will be reported in the next few weeks. If you begin experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Make sure to tell your doctor that the source of your meningitis was fungal since it is treated with anti-fungal agents instead of antibiotics.
Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller Can Help
The attorneys at Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller have been fighting for the rights of pharmaceutical injury victims for more than 30 years. We have the experience and vast resources necessary to battle the high-powered attorneys employed by pharmaceutical companies.
Over the years, we have developed a strong track record of success, earning lucrative verdicts and settlements for many of our pharmaceutical injury clients. We will fight aggressively to protect your rights, and we will not back down until you have received the compensation you deserve.
Please contact Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller today to schedule your free pharmaceutical injury consultation. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey with offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Allentown, and Marlton.
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