At this point, we can only express our sympathies for the families who have lost loved ones and hope for the best for those who are sick as well as for those who are working to control this epidemic.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
Chicago lawyer Patrick A. Salvi expressed sympathy today in reaction to news that an Illinois resident has been diagnosed with fungal meningitis that is believed to have been caused by contaminated steroid shots distributed by a now-closed Massachusetts pharmacy.
Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said Saturday that a Chicago resident who has “signs of meningitis” was being treated in a hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune. The person received an injection of the possibly tainted medication at a Chicago-area healthcare facility, Arnold said.
This news follows an announcement by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) that a second person in Indiana has died in the national outbreak of fungal meningitis cases.
“At this point, we can only express our sympathies for the families who have lost loved ones and hope for the best for those who are sick as well as for those who are working to control this epidemic,” said Salvi, managing equity partner of the Chicago personal injury firm of Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. “Our firm will continue to monitor the crisis and continue our own investigation of it.”
As of October 15, the CDC reported 212 cases of fungal meningitis and two cases of peripheral joint infection nationwide that have been linked to contaminated steroid injections, including 15 deaths.
A total of 15 states have been impacted. In addition to Illinois, the outbreak has hit Midwest residents in Indiana (28 cases), Michigan (46), Minnesota (5) and Ohio (5).
The CDC says that the fungal meningitis outbreak is believed to be linked to contaminated steroid injections manufactured and distributed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) of Framingham, Massachusetts.
The NECC recalled more than 17,600 single-dose vials of the steroid injection from 23 states on September 26.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) said early this month that its investigators had found a sealed vial of a steroid known as “methylprednisolone acetate” at the NECC plant that was contaminated with fungus.
The FDA ordered the NECC plant closed and advised physicians to not use any of its products. The NECC later recalled all of its pharmaceutical products put into circulation since January.
The CDC estimates that as many as 14,000 patients received the tainted steroid. The shots were mainly used as epidural (spinal) injections for back pain, but some patients received the steroid for pain in knees, ankles and shoulders.
The CDC said potentially contaminated steroid shots from the NECC had been purchased by Thorek Memorial Hospital in Chicago and by the APAC Centers for Pain Management in Chicago and Westchester.
Salvi, whose firm pursues medical malpractice, hospital infection and drug injury cases in Illinois and across the Midwest, cautioned that the impact of the meningitis outbreak is likely to continue to spread.
“Unfortunately,” he added, “the aftermath of the damage this outbreak has done to individuals and families will take quite a while to properly sort out.”
About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago personal injury firm with offices in Chicago (22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602) and Waukegan (218 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085). The firm represents clients in matters involving medication errors, emergency room errors, failure to diagnose, hospital negligence, physician error, birth injuries, surgical malpractice, anesthesia errors, organ puncture/perforation, post-operative and pre-operation malpractice and surgical complications. The firm’s success in medical negligence, personal injury and wrongful death cases features recoveries of more than $630 million on behalf of its clients, including more than 180 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. To learn more about Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online form.