The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA is carefully monitoring an injectable steroid - methylprednisolone acetate - used to treat neck and back pain, as the cause of a rare non-contagious fungal meningitis which has been causing deaths and serious illness. Shipments were made from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, MA to 76 facilities in 23 states. Please view our blogs for the list of facilities and up-to-date information.
13,000 people who received injections of this steroid between May 21, 2012 and September 25, 2012, the date of the recall are at risk. This unfortunate situation is under investigation by Congress, other governmental agencies including the FDA, and various government authorities at the state level as there is a significant concern that there are not appropriate regulations governing compounding pharmacies. The regulations that the FDA has over drug manufacturers do not apply to this type of facility.
The compassionate and highly knowledgeable, Spivey Law Product Liability Team is already at work on this matter and is uniquely qualified to handle matters relating to defective drugs and the resulting product liability.
If you or someone you know has contracted this rare non-contagious fungal meningitis, please call Randall Spivey at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. today for a free consultation. There are no fees or costs unless we recover monetary damages for you.
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"There does not appear to be a clear indication of the incubation period from the injection date to the on-set of symptoms. So we expect these numbers to increase. If you, or someone you know received an epidural, or any other joint, steroid injection at any of the facilities receiving the New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC)contaminated steroid in the last three months, you need to be vigilant and consult your medical professional," said Meningitis Outbreak Attorney, Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. "Defective products like this can cause life-changing and devastating results. It's a tragedy I see all too often, and I diligently fight for my clients' rights."
"The fungal meningitis outbreak which has been attributed to contaminated steroid injections from the NECC, nationwide recalls, and the resulting State and Federal investigations are "wake up calls" to Congress and the American people that something has to be done to protect us all. Changing regulations and oversight of the drug industry and compounding pharmacies needs to be a priority," says Attorney Spivey. "The FDA's apparent lack of legal authority to regulate compounded drugs and compounding pharmacies poses a serious threat to the public."
"Patients have the right to know where their medication comes from," says Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. He points out that the current fungal meningitis outbreak is a "call to action" for patients to ask questions and take proactive roles in their medical care.