Every day we trust drug companies and pharmacists to produce and distribute medication for the masses to take. Unfortunately, sometimes there are mix-ups, pharmacy errors, contaminated drugs and other situations that cause innocent patients to suffer injuries or die as a result.
While these drug errors should be prevented, sometimes they are not caught in time and many suffer the often deadly consequences of someone’s mistake. This is exactly what happened recently. The New England Compounding Center recalled over 17,600 single-dose vials of methylprednisolone after making the drug without a preservative. This drug is a steroid intended to be injected into a person’s back to help ease back pain.
As of October 11, 2012, 170 people have been diagnosed infected with fungal meningitis, and 14 people have died. According to health officials, thousands of patients in 23 states and at 75 clinics were exposed to this drug error through epidural steroid injections. This nationwide health scare has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 11 states.
This specific form of meningitis is not contagious, as it can only be passed through the injection. Because of this, the masses do not have to worry; however, there are still thousands of people who may contract fungal meningitis after getting their steroid injection.
If you have received a steroid injection for back pain, seek medical help immediately. Do not assume for one minute that you are fine and dismiss even the smallest sign, such as a headache, fever, weakness or neck stiffness. Sometimes, signs or symptoms may not show up for weeks following the injection. The CDC has noted that symptoms of fungal meningitis started showing up in patients between one to four weeks after the steroid injection.
Meningitis can quickly inflame the tissues surrounding the spinal cord and brain, and those infected will want to get medical attention as soon as possible. Not only do you want to get medical help, but you will also want to get help investigating your legal claim.
Our pharmacy malpractice lawyers are investigating claims linked to this fungal meningitis outbreak and why this tragic error occurred in the first place. We want to help those who suffered unnecessarily, as this drug error should have been prevented.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one from this tragic outbreak, you need to learn about your rights to obtaining a financial recovery for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and more. Call Kennedy Hodges to start your path toward seeking justice today at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation, and be sure to request a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.