Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. Investigates Steroid-Linked Meningitis Cases As Death Toll Spreads and the FDA Closes the NECC

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With new fungal meningitis infections coming to light almost daily, many victims are looking for lawyers to help them bring suit against the developer of the steroid spinal injection drug that has been linked to this outbreak. Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. has initiated an investigation to understand the cause of this new scourge that has needlessly endangered so many unsuspecting patients.

All patients who may have received these medications need to be tracked down immediately. Patients can find the names of the clinics that used these medications on the CDC website

Jeff S. Korek, a partner at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., one of New York’s leading personal injury and medical malpractice firms, announced today that the firm is conducting an investigation with an eye towards bringing possible suit against New England Compounding Center (NECC) and all other individuals responsible for preparing and distributing the tainted vials of a contaminated steroid injection which has led to the outbreak of fungal meningitis.

“If you or a loved one has been infected by this meningitis outbreak, you may be entitled to financial compensation due to the negligence of the New England Compounding Center,” Jeff S. Korek said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical professionals, fungal meningitis can develop after a fungus spreads through the bloodstream from somewhere else in the body, as a result of the fungus being introduced directly into the central nervous system.

According to NBC News, all infected patients received spinal injection with the affected drug prepared by the NECC. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has since shut down the NECC, which was located in Framingham, MA.

NBC Nightly News reported on Saturday October 27th that further investigations by the FDA revealed that “Federal inspectors who investigated the NECC’s facility found ‘greenish black foreign matter’ and ‘white filamentous material’ in supposedly sterile vials and green, yellow and reddish residue in clean rooms or rooms used to mix medicine.”

The Washington Post further detailed the FDA report, including the troubling fact that the NECC had previous knowledge of the sanitation issues and failed to document any corrective actions.

According to the CDC, 363 people have caught fungal meningitis after the spinal administration of this steroid shot and 28 individuals have died. The CDC and state health departments estimate that approximately 14,000 patients may have received this spinal injection, making them vulnerable to the fungal illness.

Benjamin Park, M.D. was quoted in a October 5, 2012 CDC Press Release saying: “All patients who may have received these medications need to be tracked down immediately. Patients can find the names of the clinics that used these medications on the CDC website. It is possible that if patients with infection are identified soon and put on appropriate antifungal therapy, lives may be saved.”

The CDC has reported that New York has reported infections of the fungal illness, making it the 16th state with outbreak cases. The other states are New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Idaho.

The attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. are committed to the relentless pursuit of victim’s rights in New York and New Jersey for over 25 years. They urge anyone who has suffered injuries through taking drugs obtained from the NECC to contact them immediately.

Jeff S. Korek
Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C.
111 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Phone: (212) 385-4410
info (at) lawyertime (dot) com

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