The latest information on patients who received tainted injections of methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) has risen to 23 deaths and 285 illnesses in 16 states. New England Compounding Center (NECC) produced and distributed the tainted steroids responsible for a national meningitis outbreak.
The tainted steroids were used to treat chronic pain in patients who suffered from pain in their back and joints such as knees, shoulders, and hips. Patients who had back injections are at the highest risk for a fungal infection.
Cases of fungal meningitis have been reported in 16 states. Last week, Pennsylvania reported its first case of fungal meningitis. The patient reportedly received the tainted steroid injection in July at a medical clinic in Altoona and began feeling ill in early September. According to reports, the Altoona facility and another facility Allegheny County are the only two clinics in Pennsylvania to have received the suspect medication from NECC.
In New Jersey, 16 cases have been reported according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials say more than 600 patients in New Jersey received the tainted steroid injection at six facilities across the state between May and September. NECC issued a recall of the tainted steroids earlier this month.
If you suspect that you may have received a tainted steroid injection or if you are experiencing symptoms that you believe may be the result of meningitis or a fungal infection, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving injuries as a result of defective drug and pharmaceutical products. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have been injured by a tainted steroid shot, a defective drug or medical device, a negligent medical provider, or have endured any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
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