September 28, 2016

Traci’s Story: The Human Cost of Corporate Greed and Government Malfeasance in the New England Compounding Center Drug Poisoning Outbreak

Attorney Fred Pritzker, the author of this post, is representing Traci (TM) and over 40 patients harmed in the national fungal meningitis outbreak.  In the weeks since discovery of the massive fungal meningitis outbreak traced to the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, much of the news has centered on the company’s long history of corporate malfeasance including its disregard of sterility tests, preparation of medication in unsanitary conditions and systematic violation of its pharmacy license.  The company’s willful (and potentially criminal conduct) was abetted by regulatory inaction of such magnitude that some of the officials charged with overseeing the company have already been fired. As they always do, the lurid details and public ire will fade from memory as the … [Read more...]

NECC Methylprednisolone Acetate Linked to Meningitis Outbreak

The FDA has released a preliminary report of its investigation of the compounding pharmacy facility owned by New England Compounding Center (NECC), the company whose methylprednisolone acetate has been linked to over 300 cases of fungal meningitis and over 20 deaths. Last week, the FDA confirmed that it found a fungus that has sickened outbreak victims, Exserohilum rostratum, in vials of one of three lots of NECC methylprednisolone acetate implicated in the outbreak. As part of its investigation of the NECC facility, FDA obtained documents showing that since January of this year, NECC employees have documented findings of mold and bacteria in rooms that were supposed to be sterile environments, including the main “Clean Room”, the “Gown Room”, and the “Prep Room”. The FDA found “no … [Read more...]

Steroid Meningitis Patients in Michigan Treated at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor

More new cases of fungal meningitis have been confirmed at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. These cases are part of the multi-state outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis (Exserohilum) tied to a contaminated supply of epidural steroid injections, specifically methylprednisolone acetate from New England Compounding Center (NECC) based in Framingham, Mass. The hospital is treating most of the Michigan meningitis cases that have been confirmed by the CDC, to date 41, three of them fatal. All of the patients received epidural spinal steroid injections from one of the following four clinics identified by the Michigan Department of Community Health: Michigan Neurosurgical Institute in Grand Blanc Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation in Traverse … [Read more...]

Meningitis Lawsuit Seeking Class Action Status Filed against Epidural Steroid Maker NECC

A lawsuit was filed in a Minnesota federal court by a woman who received multiple epidural injections of a steroid product made by New England Compounding Center (NECC), a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. The NECC steroid product has now been recalled due to possible contamination with fungus, both Aspergillus and Exserohilum. The lawsuit seeks damages for the woman and the creation of a class action in Minnesota. This is the first of what will most likely be hundreds of lawsuits filed in the states where the potentially contaminated NECC steriod products were distributed: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, … [Read more...]

Meningitis Lawsuits against NECC Expected for Personal Injury and Wrongful Death in Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia and Other States

The number of personal injury and wrongful death cases associated with the fungal meningitis outbreak has grown to 137 CDC-confirmed cases of meningitis, 12 of them fatal. The legal community has taken notice. "This outbreak is a national tragedy that could have been prevented. Compounding pharmacies like New England Compounding Center, the maker of steroid injections associated with the outbreak, are operating with little or no effective oversight and regulations," said Fred Pritzker, an attorney who has been contacted by several patients wanting to know their legal rights. "I am hoping meningitis lawsuits filed on behalf of patients will send a message to the compounding pharmacy industry and Congress that action needs to be taken to prevent this from happening again." The states … [Read more...]

NECC Meningitis Outbreak in Tennessee Grows to 39 Illnesses, 6 Deaths

Evidence is mounting that vials of steroids contaminated with fungus, primarily Exserohilum, were distributed by New England Compounding Center, a compounding pharmacy in Mass.  The CDC has confirmed over 100 cases of fungal meningitis caused by epidural injections of the contaminated steroids, and health officials are expecting many more cases. Tennessee leads all states in the multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak with six deaths and 39 illnesses. Attorney Fred Pritzker has been contacted by many patients who had epidural steroid injections containing preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate made by NECC. “Patients have been injured and killed in this outbreak and preliminary evidence appears to link the outbreak to this product. If so, NECC needs to be held accountable,” said … [Read more...]

Wrongful Death: Eleven Patients Now Dead in MD, MI, TN, VA in Epidural Prednisone Meningitis Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have just released a new update in the epidural prednisone steroid injection fungal meningitis outbreak associated with the New England Compounding Center (NECC). Now eleven people have died: one in Maryland, three in Michigan, six in Tennessee, and one in Virginia. So far, 119 people are sick in ten states. Attorney Fred Pritzker is gathering evidence for wrongful death lawsuits against New England Compounding Center. "My experience with these kinds of cases is that patient safety was not the top priority.  This company needs to be held accountable for the deaths and injuries caused by its product," said Pritzker, who recently won $3,000,000 for a family who lost a loved one to an infectious disease. The case count is as follows by state: … [Read more...]

21 Fungal Meningitis Cases and One Joint Infection in Michigan Linked to NECC Steroid Products

Michigan residents have been hit hard by the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid medications made by New England Compounding Center (NECC), a compounding pharmacy in Framingham, MA. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is reporting the state currently has  21 cases of meningitis, including two deaths, associated with this outbreak, and one infection of a joint associated with this outbreak. Septic arthritis cases associated with NECC steroid products used for pain shots are rising. "My experience with these kinds of cases is that this kind of product contamination is the result of lapsed, inadequate or nonexistent safety procedures," said Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has been contacted by many patients who had the epidural steroid injections that are … [Read more...]

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