As of October 8, fungal meningitis-contaminated steroid injections manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) have affected 105 patients and resulted in eight deaths across the nation. So far, there have been five cases of meningitis and one death in Maryland. As reported by USA Today, preservative-free steroid shots called methylprednisolone acetate, administered for back pain, were contaminated by fungal meningitis.
In total, the contaminated steroids were sent to clinics in 23 states. The 76 facilities that received shipments of the products can be found at www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html. Those that received an injection of the medication at one of the locations and have experienced any symptoms of a fungal meningitis infection, which include dizziness, confusion, neck stiffness, fever, nausea, or discomfort, should see a doctor immediately.
The following are a list of the facilities in Maryland:
- Baltimore Pain Management in Baltimore
- Berlin Interventional Pain Management in Berlin
- Box Hill Surgery Center in Abingdon
- Greenspring Surgery Center in Baltimore
- Harford County ASC, LLC in Edgewood
- Pain Medicine Specialists in Towson
- SurgCenter of Bel Air in Bel Air
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating NECC plants for the cause of the contamination and has asked all medical workers and consumers to stop using all of the pharmacy’s products. The manufacturer has voluntarily surrendered its license to operate until the investigation is done and has not only recalled the steroids, but all of its products as a precaution in case of further contamination.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord’s protective membrane, known as a meninges, by a fungus, virus, or bacteria. Fungal meningitis is not contagious, but is often severe in nature. Those who have suffered an infection need immediate medical care in order to begin treatment as soon as possible and prevent it from worsening.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a contaminated product, the Maryland defective product lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can aid you in holding the manufacturers responsible for their actions and finding compensation for your losses. Call us today at (800) 489-1577 for a free consultation on your case by our skilled legal team.