Southfield, MI (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
Based on reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 21 cases of non-contagious fungal meningitis in Michigan, including two deaths, on October 8, 2012. As of October 24, 2012, there are 68 reported cases, including five deaths. Unfortunately, the numbers of individuals with fungal meningitis linked to the alleged defective product from NECC is expected to increase as shots were administered as early as May 21, 2012 to 76 facilities in 23 states. In addition, the CDC estimates that 14,000 Americans received possibly tainted injections for pain and inflammation treatment.
Facilities in Michigan Potentially Exposed
The CDC notes that facilities in Michigan that may have received tainted steroid shots include: Michigan Neurosurgical Institute in Grand Blanc, MI (810-606-7112); Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, MI (734-995-7246); Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation in Traverse City, MI (231-935-0860); and Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren, MI (586-427-1000).
Any patient who has received a steroid shot containing preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate for pain at any of these facilities in Michigan or other facilities in the U.S. are being advised to see their doctor immediately, even if fungal meningitis symptoms haven’t developed.
Symptoms of Fungal Meningitis & Treatment
The most common symptoms of fungal meningitis include fever; increased pain; redness, warmth, or swelling in the joint that received the injection or at the injection site; new or worsening headache; sensitivity to light; stiff neck; new weakness or numbness in any part of the body; slurred speech; and some patients have experienced stroke. Only one or two of these symptoms may develop and symptoms may take 1 to 4 weeks following the injection to develop.
The sooner fungal meningitis is diagnosed and treated, the better a person’s chances are of survival. Fungal meningitis is treated with antifungal medication.
Identifying Drug Manufacturer Shortcomings
The class action lawsuit taken on by Mr. Lipton was filed with the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) Civil Docket for Case #: 2:12-cv-14559-SFC-PJK. The suit not only serves the purpose of upholding justice and helping harmed patients obtain compensation for medical treatment and other damages, but it also calls for tougher regulations within the compounding pharmaceutical industry as a whole. The case being handled by Mr. Lipton was the third lawsuit to be filed against NECC. The first two were in Minnesota and many others have been filed throughout the nation.
As a federal investigation of NECC is underway, as reported by The Washington Post and other news outlets, the suspected cause of the fungal meningitis outbreak has been attributed to allegedly unclean conditions at the manufacturing facility in Framingham, MA, and claims of distributing the steroid shots before test results came back confirming their condition.
The Edge You Need
The Southfield fungal meningitis attorneys at Lipton Law are committed to protecting the rights of individuals harmed by contaminated steroid injections and other tainted or defective products. With their many years of experience holding negligent parties liable, Mark Lipton and the Lipton Law legal team have the resources, skills, and strategies to help injury victims and families of wrongful death victims obtain full and just compensation to rebuild their lives.