One year later, Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys revisit the deadly multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak that left 64 people dead and hundreds of others sickened. The meningitis outbreak was linked to tainted steroid injections manufactured by New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass. The company has been closed since last year following an investigation that turned up evidence of numerous health violations, including unsterile conditions. NECC manufactured the methylprednisolone acetate injections used to treat patients suffering from chronic pain in their back and joints such as knees, shoulders and hips.
More than 17,000 vials of the tainted steroids were recalled in 24 states. According to recent reports, some victims and their families say they are still suffering with either the physical pain from the injections or the emotional pain of a lost loved one. In many cases, victims required surgery to remove abscesses as a result of use of the injections and some say they still require continuing medical treatment.
Experts say that some patients who were affected by the meningitis outbreak have certainly had to cope with severe effects. In some cases, the long-term effect may still be unknown for patients. That is especially true for patients who in addition to fungal meningitis and required surgery also developed severe arachnoiditis, a condition that causes inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the nerves of the central nervous system.
Many of the victims and their families have filed claims against NECC. It is expected that numerous others victims will do the same. However, the general consensus among victims is that any payout is no consolation in comparison to having their health or a loved one back. Still, victims and industry insiders are hopeful that better oversight and stricter regulations on compounding pharmacies will increase safety and help to avoid a similar situation as catastrophic as this in the future.
The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling medical malpractice and personal injury related to tainted steroids manufactured by New England Compounding Center resulting in serious injury or death. Our extremely skilled team of medical malpractice attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death related to cardiac stents or have been a victim of medical malpractice, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More