As of November 5, 2012, there have been 409 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis across the country and 10 others who have contracted fungal joint infections. The death toll has reached 30. In Virginia, public health officials have announced forty-nine cases and two deaths.
The tainted drugs have been linked to the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. Almost all cases have been linked to a preservative-free steroid called methylprednisolone acetate, which is used to treat arthritis and back pain.
Several lawsuits have already been filed against the NECC and its sister company Ameridose in multiple jurisdictions across the country. One suit in Pennsylvania alleges that the plaintiff contracted fungal meningitis after receiving steroid injections in November 2011. Previously, the CDC had announced that all those who received injections between May and September 2012 may be at risk. This suit has raised concerns that the CDC may have miscalculated and that the infections may be even more widespread than feared.
If you or someone you love received an epidural steroid injection and contracted fungal meningitis, contact the personal injury attorneys at Allen & Allen to discuss your legal options at 866-388-1307.