As the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Associated with NECC Epidural Injections Grows, Attorney Fred Pritzker Calls on the Company to Take Responsibility

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Attorney Fred Pritzker calls on New England Compounding Center (NECC) to take responsibility and answer questions about the epidural steroid injections that may have caused the fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened over 100 people.

Attorney Fred Pritzker

Attorney Fred Pritzker

Patients have been injured and killed in this meningitis outbreak and preliminary evidence appears to link the outbreak to this epidural steroid product. If so, NECC needs to be held accountable.

Fred Pritzker, an attorney and national product safety advocate, calls on the officers and directors of New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. dba New England Compounding Center (NECC) to immediately answer questions about its business practices in the wake of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that may be associated with steroid products produced by the company, according to the CDC.

Pritzker has been contacted by many patients who had epidural steroid injections containing preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate made by NECC, located in Framingham, MA. “Patients have been injured and killed in this meningitis outbreak and preliminary evidence appears to link the outbreak to this epidural steroid product. If so, NECC needs to be held accountable,” said Pritzker, who represents patients and their families nationwide in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and others. “The company also needs to take responsibility and immediately disclose company information that will help prevent further harm.”

According to filings with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office, a number of companies, including NECC, appear to have connections with certain members of either the Cadden and/or Conigliaro families. The companies include NECC, Ameridose, LLC, Conigliaro Industries, Medical Sales Management SW, Inc., and Medical Sales Management, Inc. It also appears that some of the companies, including NECC, share the same address, 697 Waverly Street, Framingham, MA.

In December 2006, NECC received a Warning Letter from the FDA alleging that the company was engaged in activities in violation of federal law.

Pritzker calls on the company to disclose whether the steroid products that may be linked to the meningitis outbreak were produced in compliance with federal law. He also calls on the company to disclose the relationship between the companies listed above and whether and to what extent those companies worked together to produce and sell the drugs that may be linked to this deadly outbreak.

Pritzker also calls on the company to disclose where the drugs that may be linked to this outbreak were produced, packaged and stored and whether such production activities were carried out in any facilities shared by any of the other companies. According to Pritzker, “If these products were produced in insanitary conditions it is critically important to know how such contamination occurred and who is responsible for it.”

Pritzker also calls on NECC to immediately assume responsibility for the medical costs incurred by the hundreds of people who may be affected by this outbreak. “If NECC caused or contributed to this outbreak, it is only fair that it helps relieve the stress and suffering of the people who may have been harmed by NECC drug products,” Pritzker said.

Attorney Fred Pritzker has a national practice representing victims of pathogenic adulteration of both food and drug products. His law firm, PritzkerOlsen, P.A., has obtained some of the largest verdicts and settlements in product liability cases, including a recent $40,000,000 recovery for clients injured by another medical product. Fred also represented the family of a woman who died from a medication made by another compounding pharmacy. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his
Bad Bug Law Team can be reached at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) for a free consultation regarding a steroid meningitis lawsuit. More information can be found on the law firm's personal injury blog. The firm has offices in Minneapolis, MN.

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