Approximately 14,000 patients who were given steroid injections are at risk of contracting fungal meningitis. The potentially deadly and contaminated injections were manufactured at the Framingham, Massachusetts New England Compounding Center (NECC) and distributed to 76 facilities in 23 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are conducting a multistate investigation of the fungal meningitis outbreak.
The Michigan fungal meningitis lawyers at Lipton Law are prepared to assist you and your family in building an effective case. We have dedicated years to successfully handling a wide range of personal injury and product liability cases, lending our clients unique and focused legal resources and skills for positive results. To find out more about your legal rights and options if you’ve contracted fungal meningitis from tainted steroid shots, please call us at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.
Who is at Risk?
As of October 16, 2012, 233 patients have contracted fungal meningitis nationwide from the contaminated steroid shots and 15 have died. In Michigan alone, as of this same date, 47 people have contracted fungal meningitis and three have died.
This type of meningitis is not contagious. The potentially tainted steroid shots have been administered to patients in the spine as well as peripheral joint spaces, like the knee, shoulder, and ankle, to treat pain and inflammation. The type of spinal epidural medication given to patients who have contracted fungal meningitis is not the same kind of medication that is administered to women during childbirth.
Facilities with potentially contaminated steroid shots in Michigan include the following:
- Michigan Neurosurgical Institute - Grand Blanc, MI (810) 606-7112
- Michigan Pain Specialists - Brighton, MI (734) 995-7246
- Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation - Traverse City, MI (231) 935-0860
- Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital - Warren, MI (586) 427-1000
If you have received a potentially contaminated steroid shot, seek medical attention immediately. Possibly tainted steroid shots were given as early as May 21, 2012.
Three lots of methylprednisolone acetate (PF) used in the steroid shots associated with the fungal meningitis outbreak were recalled by the NECC on September 26, 2012.
On October 6, 2012, all NECC products currently in circulation were recalled as a safety measure. Since the recalls, the NECC has surrendered its license to the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy and stopped all operations.
What is Fungal Meningitis?
Fungal meningitis is contracted when a fungus enters the bloodstream and enters the spine, causing an infection and swelling of the protective membranes of the spinal cord and brain. Fungal meningitis is a rare form of meningitis that is not contagious.
Symptoms of Fungal Meningitis
The most common symptoms of fungal meningitis are as follows:
- Neck stiffness
- Discomfort from/sensitivity to bright lights
A person may suffer only one or two of these symptoms and it typically takes one to four weeks after the injection for symptoms to develop and show.
Some patients have also experienced stroke in relation to the fungal meningitis steroid shot outbreak.
Protecting Your Rights, Helping You Recover
As a family run personal injury law firm, a Southfield meningitis contaminated steroid shot attorney at Lipton Law knows the value of loyalty and hard work. Our lawyers have the many years of experience and knowledge necessary to gather the appropriate evidence and apply effective strategies to obtain successful case results. If you or a loved one is suffering from fungal meningitis associated with the recalled steroid shots or another NECC product, we are here to help. Call (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation today.