Sacramento Steroid Injection Meningitis Lawyers
Patients who have received an epidural steroid injection at any time since May 21, 2012 may be subject to serious health complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health officials, are sweeping the nation in an investigation linking a fungal meningitis outbreak to epidural steroid injections.
The New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. has recalled the product which they had shipped beginning 5 months ago. The company has issued the recall for the following steroid medications which present a serious health risk to patients who have received injections:
- Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #05212012@68, BUD 11/17/2012
- Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #06292012@26, BUD 12/26/2012
- Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #08102012@51, BUD 2/6/2013
The above medications were recalled as of September 25, 2012, however, on October 6, 2012, another statement was released stating the all products that had been compounded in the New England Compounding Center within the past 5 months must be recalled. Fungus has been found in up to 50 vials so far, yet the CDC and the FDA continue to lead investigations in many states across the country.
The CDC has totaled 170 cases in 11 states so far, accounting for 14 deaths to date. While only 11 states have recorded outbreaks of fungal meningitis, the New England Compounding Center has stated that the fungus is present in 75 health care facilities as of October 11, 2012. Approximately 17,676 doses of the epidural steroid have been shipped to 23 states in the U.S.
Current projections estimate that as many as 14,000 patients may have received this epidural steroid injection to treat their back pain or any other serious joint pain. Clinicians have been instructed by the CDC to contact their patients immediately either by phone or in person. The CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion believes that about 90 percent of the patients who had received the injection have been notified of the health risks present.
If you or a loved one has received this epidural steroid injection within the last 5 months in the state of California, you may be subject to serious health complications. Fungal meningitis is a serious threat and the New England Compounding Center must be held liable for the damages that are caused.
Fungal Meningitis Symptoms
Fungal meningitis is a potentially serious health risk. Patients who have received an epidural steroid injection in the last 5 months need to contact a health care physician immediately to discuss available option. In many cases, fungal meningitis symptoms can take from 1 to 4 weeks to begin to appear. While this health risk is not contagious, the complications associated with it indicate the need for immediate medical attention. Anyone who has received these injections should have been notified by their doctors or clinician about the current fungal meningitis outbreak and the current options available to the patient.
Sacramento residents must seek medical attention as soon as possible if any of the following symptoms begin to surface:
- Stiff Neck
- Severe Headache
- Slurred Speech
- Altered Mental State
- Localized redness, swelling, or pain
If you or a loved one has received an epidural steroid injection since May 21, 2012 in the state of California, you may be a possible candidate for fungal meningitis contraction. If any of the above symptoms begin to occur after the injection of steroid medication, you may be entitled to compensation.
Arnold Law Firm is a strong believer that the manufacturer of faulty products and medications must be held liable for the damages that they cause to innocent individuals. If you are living in California and believe that you may have begun to experience symptoms linked to fungal meningitis, you must contact a class action attorney immediately.
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Sacramento Lawyers are Here for You
With the rising number of fungal meningitis cases being found, seeking medical attention immediately following the onset of any symptoms is imperative. A total of 14 deaths have been directly linked to the epidural steroid injections from New England Compounding Center. Fungal meningitis is a disease which cannot be ignored.
If you or a loved has become ill following these steroid injections, Arnold Law Firm is prepared to fight for your compensation. You deserve justice during these trying times. Allow us to focus on your case, while you concentrate on recovery. We dedicate our time, resources, and knowledge to ensuring that our clients receive adequate funds for the losses that they have suffered.