Settlement Reached in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit
About the Deadly Meningitis Outbreak
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 751 people across 20 states have fallen ill due an outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated injections distributed by the Massachusetts-based compounding pharmacy.
Those affected suffered inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord as well as other infections – 64 people have died.
More than 17,600 doses of the steroid, methylprednisolone actate, were shipped by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) to 23 states before the recall.
Upon investigation into the outbreaks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were able to trace the strain of meningitis to the compounding center where they found vials containing a greenish black foreign matter and a white filamentous material which were later proved to be microbial growths.
The agency also confirmed that NECC had used non-sterile active ingredients to manufacturer the steroid injections.
Details of the Settlements
The proposed settlement would have investors and owners of the now-bankrupt compounding company pay more than $100 million in compensation to victims and victims’ families in connection to the deadly outbreak.
In the deal announced Monday, which is still awaiting a judge’s approval, the owners and insurers would admit no wrongdoing and the owners continue to deny liability for the outbreak.
The fatal outbreak has resulted in new legislation which gives the FDA regulatory authority over any compounding firm that distributes its products across state lines – a job originally left up to state officials.
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