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Meningitis Outbreak May Have Been Avoided

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Lauren Quinones5 years ago

New evidence suggests that the current meningitis outbreak may have been avoided had there been better communication between state and federal officials.

According to a recent report by USA Today, preventive action may have been taken if the FDA had passed along vital information regarding allegations of illegal activity on the part of New England Compounding Pharmacy back in 2011.

Official in Colorado Reported Illegal Activity to FDA

According to reports, an official in the FDA regional office in Denver, Colorado passed along information to a colleague regarding claims that a Massachusetts drug compounding pharmacy was illegally shipping drugs to Colorado hospitals.

These concerns were then passed through officials at the FDA but were never presented to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, the entity in charge of regulating compounding pharmacies in the state.

A little more a year later, New England Compounding Center shipped out 17,000 vials of methylprednisolone acetate tainted with fungus that infected more than 500 patients with fungal meningitis. Infections linked to drugs produced at the pharmacy have killed 36 people and counting.

New England Compounding Center Shut Down

  • New England Compounding shut down all operations on October 3, 2012.
  • The pharmacy recalled all drugs on October 6, 2012.
  • Ameridose, a sister firm, also agreed to shut down through December 31, 2012.
What is Fungal Meningitis?

Information below provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Fungal meningitis is a serious infection that occurs when fungus is introduced directly into the central nervous system.
  • Fungal meningitis is not contagious but can be deadly if not promptly treated.
  • Signs/symptoms can appear anywhere from 14-42 days following steroid injection and may include:

    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Stiff neck
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
    • Altered mental status
Contact an Experienced Defective Drug Attorney

Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of drug and product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division has extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively.

If you or someone you love contracted fungal meningitis after being injected with Methylprednisolone Acetate produced at New England Compounding Pharmacy, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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