Raleigh Drug Injury Lawyer Warns of Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Tainted Steroid Injections

Attorney Ben Cochran of Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law, points out that North Carolina is one of nine states where the CDC reports meningitis cases linked to a Massachusetts pharmacy’s recalled steroid shots.

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Fungal meningitis linked to steroid shots in North Carolina

Raleigh personal injury attorney Ben Cochran

Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly ailment. Anyone who has had a steroid injection since July should get in touch with their doctor right away.

Raleigh, N.C. (PRWEB) October 08, 2012

With at least two cases of fungal meningitis in North Carolina linked to a contaminated supply of steroid injections, Raleigh dangerous drug lawyer Ben Cochran urged any back pain patients recently treated with steroid shots to contact their physician immediately.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) says patients at 75 clinics in 23 states may have been treated with contaminated steroids that have since been recalled by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts

“Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly ailment. Anyone who has had a steroid injection since July should get in touch with their doctor right away,” said Cochran, the managing partner of Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law, which represents dangerous drug victims throughout North Carolina, including the region surrounding the firm’s main office in Raleigh.

So far, 91 cases in nine states — including the two cases in North Carolina – have been reported, the CDC says. The CDC reports that there have been seven deaths.

A total of 17,676 single-dose vials of a steroid known as “preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate” have been recalled by the New England Compounding Center, the Washington Post has reported. Methylprednisone is typically given to older patients to treat lower back pain.

The CDC identified three clinics in North Carolina that had received the recalled steroid injections:

  •     North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham, N.C.
  •     Surgery Center of Wilson in Wilson, N.C.
  •     High Point Surgery in High Point, N.C.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators recovered a sealed vial of the steroid at the company that had visible fungal contamination, according to an ABC News report.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord and brain. Its symptoms include severe headache, stiff neck, fever, nausea, dizziness and trouble walking. Symptoms can develop within a few days or up to a month after infection.

Fungal meningitis, unlike the viral form of the infection, is not contagious.

Cochran said his firm is seeking information about fungal meningitis in North Carolina that may be related to the tainted steroid injections distributed by the New England Compounding Center.

“If you had a steroid injection this past summer and suffered an adverse reaction, or a family member of yours did, you need to seek out an experienced drug injury lawyer and ensure that your rights are protected,” Cochran said.

About Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law

Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law, is a highly respected North Carolina personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law firm with offices in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Dunn, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington. The firm’s practice areas include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, dog bites, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, nursing home abuse and negligence and traffic violations. The firm’s Raleigh office is located at 4800 Six Forks Rd., Suite 220, Raleigh, N.C. 27609. For more information, call the firm toll-free at (800) 434-8399 or use the firm’s online contact form.