Pharmacists and pharmacy facilities have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the drugs they dispense are safe.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
As of October 22, a total of 282 cases of fungal meningitis from tainted steroid medication shots were reported, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cases have been identified in 16 states, including one in New York and three in New Jersey. A total of 23 people have died. New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman urges people who may be infected with fungal meningitis to be watchful for symptoms.
According to The New York Times, more than 17,000 vials of a steroid injection linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak were sent to clinics in 23 states. New York was one of the states that received shipments of the single-dose vials of the steroid, which is used to ease back pain.
“People who may be infected should look out for symptoms of fungal meningitis,” said David Perecman. “The earlier they are treated, the better.”
Symptoms may appear gradually and can be very mild at first. Typical meningitis symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, and stiffness of the neck. People who have fungal meningitis may also experience confusion, dizziness, and discomfort from bright lights. Only one or two of these symptoms may be present.
A connection was made between the contaminated drug and a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy called the New England Compounding Center (NECC), said The New York Times.
“Currently, compounding pharmacies are not regulated as closely as drug manufacturers, nor are their products subject to FDA approval,” said Perecman. “But, pharmacists and pharmacy facilities have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the drugs they dispense are safe. Recent reports are indicating that state health regulators had concerns about the NECC as early as 2002.”
If you’ve suffered meningitis following an epidural steroid shot or someone you love has died as the result of a contaminated injection, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York medical malpractice cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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