Steroid Injection Meningitis Outbreak
An outbreak of fungal meningitis involving up to 23 states broke out in late 2012 and was linked to contaminated vials of an injectable epidural steroid medication used to treat pain and inflammation.
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. Shortly after, the NECC issued another voluntary recall for all of its products out of an “abundance of caution.”
A total of 17,676 vials were included in the three recalled lots, which were sent to 76 facilities in 23 states, including North Carolina. Three facilities in North Carolina received the vials, including the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic (in Durham), High Point Surgery, and the Surgery Center of Wilson.
Fungal meningitis is a very rare condition that causes the inflammation of protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
Symptoms of fungal meningitis may include:
- New or worsening headache
- Stiff neck
- Sensitivity to bright lights
- New weakness or numbness anywhere in the body
- Slurred speech
- Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
Symptoms usually manifest within one to three weeks. Those experiencing symptoms are urged to see a doctor right away for evaluation, as early treatment can improve the odds of recovery.
North Carolina Dangerous Products Lawyers
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. 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.
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is also providing free case evaluations to patients who have received these injectable medications to discuss possible claims for compensation. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation and to find out if one of our North Carolina dangerous products lawyers may be able to help you!