Contaminated Steroids and Meningitis Lawsuits Commence

by Monty Yolles on November 12, 2012

Contaminated Steroids Case Filed

A woman in Minnesota filed the first federal lawsuit against the New England Compounding Center, a pharmacy that produced contaminated steroid injections.  Barbe Puro, the plaintiff, claims that a contaminated steroid shot caused her to suffer fungal meningitis, a deadly illness.  The New England Compounding Center’s steroid injections have been linked to 29 deaths and more than 368 meningitis infections throughout the U.S.

Fungal meningitis affects the membranous lining of the brain and spinal cord. Early symptoms include headache, fever, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light, stiff neck, weakness or numbness, slurred speech and pain, and redness or swelling at the injection site.  Unfortunately for victims, early symptoms can take more than a month to appear.

Patients suspected to have the disease must undergo a spinal tap, which draws cerebrospinal fluid from the spine.  The fluid is then examined for signs of the disease. If detected, fungal meningitis can be treated with high doses of intravenous antifungal medications.

Thankfully, fungal meningitis is not transmitted from person to person, and only patients who received the steroid injections are considered to be at risk.

An estimated 14,000 patients in the U.S. received injections of the suspect steroid, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FDA has warned that more of the company’s products may have caused other types of infections in patients who have had eye operations or open-heart surgery, and we will be following this story as the news develops.

If you or a family member has been injured by a defective drug, faulty product or accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation if the injury was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another. 

The Yolles Legal Group is dedicated to restoring people’s lives by helping accident victims recover monetary damages.  Monty Yolles, founder of The Yolles Legal Group, is an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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