The recent outbreak of meningitis of patients infected by steroid injections has caused a significant number injuries and deaths throughout the United States. Several meningitis deaths have occurred in the State of Michigan. All infected patients received injection with preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate prepared by New England Compounding Center (NECC), located in Framingham, MA. The lots of medication that were used on infected patients have been recalled. The lots are:
• Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #[email protected], BUD 11/17/2012
• Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #[email protected], BUD 12/26/2012
• Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #[email protected], BUD 2/6/2013
Infected patients have presented approximately one to four weeks following their injection with a variety of symptoms including: fever, new or worsening headache, nausea, and/or new neurological deficit (consistent with deep brain stroke). Some of these patients’ symptoms were very mild in nature. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) obtained from these patients has typically shown elevated white cell count (with a predominance of neutrophils), low glucose, and elevated protein.
The Center for Disease Control has provided a Confirmed Case Definition:
1. A person with meningitis of sub-acute onset (1-4 weeks) following epidural injection after May 21, 2012.
2. A person with basilar stroke 1-4 weeks following epidural injection after May 21, 20122, who has not received a diagnostic lumbar puncture.
3. A person with evidence of spinal osteomyelitis or epidural abscess at the site of an epidural injection diagnosed 1-4 weeks after epidural injection after May 21, 2012.
4. A person with septic arthritis3 diagnosed 1-4 weeks following steroid joint injection after May 21, 2012.
Legal Rights for Patients Infected By Steroid Injections
Our medical malpractice attorneys in Michigan are actively investigating the legal rights of patients who have been injured or died due to the meningitis outbreak due to epidural steroid injections. If a family member died due to the meningitis from a steroid injection, the surviving family members may be able to file a Wrongful Death Lawsuit or make a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Protection Act. To learn more about your legal rights, call us now at (800) 606 –1717 or fill in the orange Get Help Now Box and send us your message. We will respond quickly.