July 31, 2014 — Main Street Family Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy that was forced to recall all of its sterile medicines due to fungal and bacterial contamination, had been hit with a lawsuit from a woman who developed a severe reaction.
The Louisiana Record reports that the lawsuit was filed on June 25 by Gail Scott-Gillespie in the 24th Judicial District Court in Louisiana.
According to the complaint, she received an injection of a steroid medication in her knee. Soon after, she developed a skin rash, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, general nausea, and insomnia. The clinic that administered the drug, Southern Orthopedic Specialists, notified her that the steroid she received was recalled.
Main Street Family Pharmacy is accused of selling an unreasonably dangerous drug, failing to warn about dangerous side effects, manufacturing a defective drug, and breach of warranty. Scott-Gillespie is seeking compensation for her medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost quality of life, and more.
Main Street Pharmacy Recalls All Sterile Medications
Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that two samples from Main Street Family Pharmacy tested positive for bacterial and fungal contamination. The medicine, methylprednisolone acetate, is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid injection that is commonly used to treat arthritis.
The FDA warned that the products should not be used because of “significant concern” about a lack of sterility. At least seven averse events involving skin abscesses were reported, including one that may have been fungal. According to the FDA:
“FDA has received reports of adverse events, including skin and soft tissue abscesses. To date, we are not aware of any cases of meningitis associated with Main Street’s preservative free methylprednisolone acetate for injection.”