In late September, Americans in several states began suffering from the serious effects of a rare form of fungal meningitis. This devastating infection has since been linked to contaminated steroid injections used primarily to treat back pain. Tragically, because the New England Compounding Center, Inc., the institution responsible for these contaminated injections, failed to ensure that the process in which the preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate and fungus were compounded was performed in sterile conditions, thousands of people may have been given these contaminated steroid injections.
Since the beginning of this meningitis outbreak, 438 people have suffered the effects of this rare, yet extremely dangerous infection and another 32 have died as a result of the infection. This fungal infection can cause victims to suffer from a number of symptoms, including nausea, chills, fever, meningismus (stiff neck), unconsciousness, serious headaches, and disorientation. Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is predicted that thousands more may suffer from the repercussions of fungal meningitis brought on by these contaminated injections.
As a result of receiving these contaminated shots, investigations into the company responsible are being conducted, and many victims are seeking professional help from a personal injury attorney to seek compensation for the suffering they’ve had to endure. Recently, Barry Cadden, a co-owner of the responsible pharmacy, has been subpoenaed by the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in order to aid with the investigations into whether this contamination could have been prevented. As these investigations continue, officials warn those who have received the injection to continue watching their health, as they are uncertain how long the incubation period is and whether or not people may still contract the infection.