As many as 13,000 people across 23 states, including California, have been exposed to steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) that were potentially contaminated with fungal meningitis. The shots, used for pain and inflammation and injected into the spine, have caused at least 105 people to become ill as of October 8, 2012, with eight dying from the illness, according to USA Today.
The steroid, which is preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate, was contaminated with a fungus that may cause meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the spine and brain, which can turn deadly if not treated quickly. NECC has recalled all shipments of the defective product as well as every other product it has on the market due to precautionary measures. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the manufacturer’s facilities and the NECC has voluntarily suspended its license to operate until the investigation is complete.
While no cases of illnesses have been reported in California, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a list of clinics in the state that received the possibly contaminated injections.
- Cypress Surgery Center DBA in Visalia, (559) 740-4094
- Encino Outpatient Surgicenter in Encino, (818) 986-1037
- Ukiah Valley Medical Center in Ukiah, (707) 463-7345
- Universal Pain Management in Palmdale (661) 267-6876 x166
If you have received an injection on or after May 21, 2012 and have experienced any symptoms of meningitis, which include fever, headache, stiffness of the neck, dizziness, confusion, and discomfort from bright lights. Only one or two of these symptoms may be present in an infection.
If you or a loved one has become ill due to a dangerous product, the San Diego drug recall lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group can provide you with skilled and experienced legal representation. Through finding fair compensation for your losses, you can recover from physical and financial damage to the best of your abilities. For more information on how we can aid you, call (888) 233-5020.