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Main Street Pharmacy Fungal Meningitis Lawsuit

Main Street Pharmacy Fungal Meningitis Lawsuit

An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to contaminated injections of Methylprednisolone Acetate compounded by Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tennessee. At least seven people in Illinois and North Carolina have developed infections after receiving steroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain. If you were injured, a fungal meningitis lawsuit may be able to help.

What You Can Do & How a Fungal Meningitis Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting fungal meningitis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by fungal meningitis caused by a contaminated injection, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Injured Woman Files Lawsuit Against Main Street Family Pharmacy

July 31, 2014 — The Louisiana Record reports that a lawsuit has been filed by a woman who was injured by contaminated medicine from Main Street Family Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy that recalled all of its medicines last year. Click here to read more. 

May 24, 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued this Safety Alert after receiving seven (7) reports of injury associated with contaminated medicine from Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tennessee. The agency warned:

“Out of an abundance of caution, the FDA recommends that health care providers not administer any products labeled as sterile from Main Street and quarantine them until further guidance is provided.”

States involved in fungal meningitis outbreak include:

  • Illinois — Abscess / infection reported in five (5) patients
  • North Carolina — Abscess / infection reported in two (2) patients

What is Fungal Meningitis?

Fungal meningitis is a non-contagious disease that occurs when fungal spores infect the lining around the spinal cord. It causes extreme inflammation in the spinal cord and brain, which can lead to permanent brain damage, disability, or death. Several major outbreaks of fungal meningitis have been linked to Methylprednisolone Acetate, a steroid injection that is injected in the spine to treat back pain. If the injection is contaminated, it can introduce fungal spores directly into the lining of the spinal cord.

Fungal meningitis symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Confusion
  • Altered mental status

Diagnosis: Fungal meningitis can take weeks to develop before it is diagnosed. Symptoms are often vague. They may resemble symptoms of other conditions, like arthritis. Therefore, anyone with new or worsening symptoms should contact a doctor immediately.

Treatment: Fungal meningitis can be deadly, and aggressive treatment is necessary to control the infection. Patients will be hospitalized and given intravenous (IV) medications, including a long course of high-dose anti-fungal drugs.

Compounding Pharmacies and Fungal Meningitis

This outbreak of fungal meningitis is eerily similar to another outbreak that occurred in October 2012. The outbreak was linked to vials of Methylprednisolone Acetate produced by a high-volume compounding pharmacy. Although compounding pharmacies are only supposed to be mixing made-to-order medications for specific patients, they produced thousands of vials of the drug on a mass scale. That outbreak sickened 741 people, of whom 55 died.

Do I have a Fungal Meningitis Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting fungal meningitis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by fungal meningitis caused by a contaminated injection, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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