Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) October 28, 2012
With a steroid injection meningitis outbreak affecting people in 16 states, including North Carolina, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is urging people who received an injectable epidural steroid medication to contact their doctor if they’re not sure of the source of the medication.
The fungal meningitis outbreak is linked to contaminated vials of an injectable epidural steroid medication used to treat pain and inflammation, according to the Food and Drug Administration. New England Compounding Center issued a voluntary recall for three lots of the contaminated vials on Sept. 25, and the number of cases quickly rose, including many fatalities, according to the FDA. Shortly after, the NECC issued another voluntary recall for all of its products out of an “abundance of caution,” according to the FDA.
The facilities in North Carolina that received the vials include North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic (in Durham), High Point Surgery, and the Surgery Center of Wilson. Fungal meningitis causes the inflammation of protective membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.
Symptoms of the rare condition may include fever, chills, new or worsening headache, stiff neck, confusion, dizziness, sensitivity to bright lights, new weakness or numbness anywhere in the body, slurred speech, and pain, redness or swelling at the injection site. Health officials say the symptoms usually manifest within one to three weeks.
“The FDA is asking patients who have experienced symptoms following an injection with an NECC product to report it to MedWatch at 1-800-FDA-1088,” said North Carolina dangerous products lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. “If you do not know if you received an NECC injectable, you should contact your doctor to find out the name and source of your medication.”
Public health officials said 17,676 vials were included in the three recalled lots, which were sent to 76 facilities in 23 states, including North Carolina. According to a CDC analysis of 70 of the cases, the median age of those affected is 68 years old.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Oct. 23 that the death toll linked to the meningitis outbreak had reached 23 people across the United States. According to the CDC, nearly 300 fungal meningitis cases have been reported.
“It’s important for anyone who is experiencing any of the symptoms to see a doctor immediately for evaluation,” according to personal injury attorneys in North Carolina at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. “Early treatment can improve the odds of recovery.”
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin says anyone who has recently been diagnosed with meningitis also can call an experienced attorney at 1-866-900-7078 or visit http://www.farrin.com.
About the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 12 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford and Wilson. The firm’s 31 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Bankruptcy, Eminent Domain, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Mass Torts and Products Liability. Three of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law, one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations.
280 S. Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701