The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that the highest risk for fungal meningitis from contaminated steroids is within the first six weeks or 42 days after exposure. This is good news for patients exposed to contaminated steroids.
According to the CDC, the outbreak of fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections have made 308 people sick in 17 states and 23 patients have died. Massachusetts state officials closed the New England Compounding Center pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts that distributed the contaminated steroids noting dirty conditions within the facility. The pharmacy’s license has been permanently revoked.
As many as 14,000 people may have received tainted steroid injections, which were shipped to 76 pain clinics nationwide, including one pain clinic in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of meningitis include headache, fever, nausea, stiff neck and light sensitivity. If you have had a steroid injection and are experiencing these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.
This story regarding contaminated steroids is one example of how tainted medications can seriously injure a person or cause a person’s death. If you believe that you have been injured by a medication or by any type of medical malpractice, I am an experienced North Charleston medical malpractice lawyer and will take the time to discuss your case and the law with you. Please get in touch with me today.
Katherine C. “K.C.” Lohr