As many as 14,000 Americans may be at risk of developing a rare, deadly, fungal meningitis that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating. This multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis, and other infections, includes patients who received contaminated preservative-free MPA steroid injections from the New England Compounding Company (NECC). The CDC has indicated that “Several patients suffered strokes that are believed to have resulted from their infections”. Their investigation also includes other infections from injections in a peripheral joint, such as a knee, shoulder, or ankle. The CDC warns that “Patients who received injections in peripheral joints only are not believed to be at risk for meningitis, but they could be at risk for joint and other infections”.
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According to the CDC has recently these other infections include spinal epidural abscess and arachnoiditis and per the CDC “Both conditions are rare but serious disorders in the general population that require prompt medical attention”. Reports of these two infections have been primarily from Michigan and Tennessee, but other states have reported patients with these conditions as well.
You are not alone if this happened to you. Thousands of other people are waiting and wondering if they will develop fungal meningitis or how this infection will affect them. To help you connect and talk about symptoms and treatments a private, password protected forum is open to anyone who wants to connect with others. The forum also contains an archive of articles about the outbreak as well as breaking news and developments, plus access to a legal team for free consultations.
The primary drug connected to this outbreak, methylprednisolone acetate, has been linked to a contaminated facility, the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts. Approximately, 17,000 vials of this medication were shipped to 23 states. Currently, over 600 people have contracted meningitis. Of these patients, 39 have died. Cases of fungal meningitis have been reported in 19 states, including Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Researchers at the CDC have explained that patients and their doctors need to remain vigilant for symptoms because fungal infections can be slow to develop. In this outbreak, symptoms typically have appeared 1 to 4 weeks following injection, although longer and shorter times have been reported.
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You have the right to safe medical products. Although most prescriptions and medical devices are safe, or have adequate warnings about their potential side effects, unanticipated problems can arise. Here, no one was told about the possibility of fungal meningitis prior to receiving a steroid treatment and as a result, patients have died or been injured.
An attorney may be able to help protect your legal rights. If you, or someone you know, has been injured by a contaminated steroid injection, please fill out the “Contact A Lawyer” form for a free legal consultation, or, if you’d like, call us at (888) 281-3578 to speak now.
You have the right to safe medical products. Although most prescriptions and medical devices are safe, or have adequate warnings about their potential side effects, unanticipated problems can arise. Here, no one was told about the possibility of fungal meningitis prior to receiving a steroid treatment. As a result, patients have died or been injured. Contact us today by email at Info@fungalmeningitis.com or by phone (888)-281-3578, and let us help protect your rights.
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