New England Compounding Center Meningitis Outbreak Update
As of October 16, 2012, the CDC is now reporting 233 cases of meningitis and 15 deaths associated with New England Compounding Center’s methylprednisolone acetate steroid injection. Tennessee remains the hardest hit state, but the numbers are climbing in Michigan, Virginia and Indiana. In addition to the Aspergillus fungus, the Exserohilum fungus has also been identified as the causal organism in many cases.
Now the FDA is investigating reports of fungal infections associated with some of NECC’s other products. One patient has developed meningitis symptoms after receiving a back injection with a different steroid, triamcinolone acetone. Two heart transplant patients have suffered fungal infections after receiving cardioplegic solution from NECC during open heart surgery. The FDA is also concerned about NECC products used during eye surgery, and is investigating NECC’s ophthalmic drugs.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of receiving a contaminated pharmaceutical product, contact the attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton for a free evaluation.