Health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the number of fungal meningitis cases caused by tainted steroid injections has risen to 41 in the state of Indiana, including at least three patients who died from their illness. The number of individuals affected by contaminated Methylprednisolone Acetate distributed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) has risen on a daily basis, and is expected to continue doing so in the coming weeks and months. Nationwide, the number of meningitis cases in the outbreak has increased to at least 317, including 24 deaths.
Free Indiana Meningitis Lawsuit Evaluation:If you or a loved one was diagnosed with spinal meningitis after being treated with Methylprednisolone Acetate prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Each of the Indiana residents diagnosed with fungal meningitis received their Methylprednisolone Acetate injections at one of the following locations:
- Ambulatory Care Center LLC – Evansville, IN – (812) 475-1800
- Fort Wayne Physical Medicine – Fort Wayne, IN – (260) 436-9337
- OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center – Elkhart, IN – (574) 266-4173
- South Bend Clinic – South Bend, IN – (574) 237-9372
- Union Hospital – Terre Haute, IN – (812) 238-4964
- Wellspring – Columbus, IN – (812) 376-0700
Indiana health officials have estimated that approximately 1,500 patients in the state may have been administered steroids included in this recall. Click here to view a comprehensive list of facilities around the country that received the potentially contaminated injections.
Methylprednisolone Acetate is a widely-used corticosteroid hormone that is typically administered intravenously to treat severe pain and swelling that occurs in patients suffering from arthritis and other joint disorders. The medication decreases the immune system’s response to these conditions, and reduces symptoms such as swelling, pain, and allergic reactions. However, investigators from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have determined that Methylprednisolone Acetate processed at NECC was contaminated by a fungus, which is thought to be responsible for the outbreak of meningitis.
The CDC is currently in the process of conducting a multi-state investigation to conclusively determine the source of the outbreak. Officials have stated that this particular type of fungal meningitis is non-communicable, which means that it cannot be passed from person to person. Signs and symptoms of the disease may include:
- stiff neck
- unbalanced feeling
- photophobia (sensitivity to light)
- altered mental states
“For some arthritis patients, it could be quite confusing because some of the symptoms can mimic the pain they have from their arthritis,” says Eric Matteson, MD, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “The things they should look out for after such an injection is a new type of pain – a pain that is new or different from what they have previously experienced.”
Symptoms of the disease typically begin to manifest themselves between one and four weeks after injection, although there have been reports of shorter and longer incubation periods. Additionally, a number of patients who contracted fungal meningitis subsequently suffered strokes, which experts believe was caused by the fungus escaping into their bloodstream and brain.
If you received a shot at any of the Indiana medical facilities listed above and are now experiencing adverse health complications, seek medical help immediately. Next, you should contact the Indiana Meningitis Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, to discuss your legal rights. Our attorneys are now offering free, no-obligation consultations to individuals injured by tainted steroids prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC).
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Free Indiana Meningitis Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with spinal meningitis after being treated with Methylprednisolone Acetate prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.