Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

The deadly meningitis outbreak, believed to have been started from a Massachusetts company, continues to spread across the country. Public leaders are now calling for change against the growing health scare.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are now eight confirmed deaths and 105 confirmed cases across nine states.

A ninth death reported in Tennessee may also be linked to the outbreak.

Federal officials say that 13,000 people across the country may have received the tainted steroid injections from the New England Compounding Pharmacy in Framingham, Mass.

Because of the recent fungal meningitis outbreak, the pharmacy has voluntarily recalled all of its products.

Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markley (D), senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, has taken action in this health scare.

He sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), asking the agency about oversight of compounding pharmacies.

In his letter, Rep. Markey asked the agency about current regulations and oversight practices that ensure that safety standards met by large drug manufacturing companies are also met by compounding pharmacies. 

He joined “The Morning Show” to discuss the latest in the outbreak, and the steps that should be taken to combat the growing problem.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Infected patients have developed a variety of symptoms, which have set in one to four weeks after their injections. These include fever, a new or worsening headache, nausea and problems similar to those seen in a stroke.

CDC officials said that anyone who had an epidural injection since May 21 should contact a doctor if they have these symptoms, and also if they have a stiff
neck, sensitivity to light, slurred speech or newly developed weakness in any
part of the body.

While the incident remains under investigation, it is very possible that victims who have contracted menigitis through the tainted steroid injections will have claims against the pharmacy or pharmacies that produced the tainted steroid injections. Depending on the circumstances, these claims may include claims for wrongful deathnegligence  and breach of warranties. At Curran & Desharnais, P.C., we combine a substantial amount of legal experience with a unique perspective of the insurance industry to provide professional representation for indivuals who have been injured. Call 781-618-3197 to discuss a case or question you may have.

Source: NECN and USA Today

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