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New England Compounding Center Meningitis Lawsuit

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New England Compounding Center has recalled all lots of all medications, including potentially tainted epidural steroid injections. The products may be contaminated with fungus, which has caused a non-contagious outbreak of fungal meningitis. Government health officials say that the outbreak has caused at least a dozen deaths, and hundreds of people have fallen seriously ill with meningitis.

UPDATE

Click here to visit the CDC website for more information.

January 2, 2012 — At least 620 people have fallen ill and 39 have died. NECC has filed for bankruptcy and will seek to establish a compensation fund for the victims. Click here to read more.

November 26, 2012 — The current case count from the CDC involves 490 cases of fungal meningitis, 12 peripheral joint infections, and 34 deaths in 19 states.

November 12, 2012 — NECC has expressed support for centralization of nationwide fungal meningitis lawsuits into one court. The CDC reports 438 people have fallen ill and 32 have died in 19 states. Click here to read more.

November 5, 2012 — The nationwide total is 419 illnesses (including 10 joint infections) and 30 deaths in 19 states. As the incubation period ends, it is likely that the number of new cases will taper off. However, people with the disease may continue to require treatment for several months or more.

October 26, 2012 — The outbreak of fungal meningitis continues to spread, with more cases of joint infections. The CDC reports a total of 338 infections, including 7 peripheral joint infections and 331 cases of meningitis, stroke, or central nervous system infection. Of these, at least 25 people have died in 18 states.

October 25, 2012 — The CDC is reporting 328 infections linked to contaminated medicines (including 5 peripheral joint infections and 323 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke, or infection) including 24 deaths in 18 states.

October 24, 2012 — The CDC reports that, nationwide, 317 people have been infected (312 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke, or central nervous system infection, and 5 cases of peripheral joint infections), 24 people have died in 17 states. CDC is reporting that new cases are more mild. It has been more than 1 month since NECC medicines were recalled; fungal meningitis has an unknown incubation period and illnesses could continue.

October 23, 2012 — The number of cases of fungal meningitis has grown to 308 (including 304 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke, or other central nervous system infection, and 4 cases of peripheral joint infections). Of these, 23 people have died in 17 states.

October 22, 2012 — The CDC is reporting that the number of illnesses has grown to 297 (including 294 cases of fungal meningitis and 3 peripheral joint infections) and 23 deaths. The number of states involved remains at 16.

October 19, 2012 — The CDC is reporting that, nationwide, 271 people have fallen ill (including 268 cases of fungal meningitis or stroke, and 3 joint infections). Of these, at least 21 have died. 16 states are involved in the outbreak.

October 18, 2012 — Nationwide, 257 people in 16 states have fallen ill (including 254 with fungal meningitis, stroke, or infection, and 3 with peripheral joint infections), and 20 people have died.

October 17, 2012 — According to the CDC, 247 people have fallen ill (including 245 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke, or other central-nervous system fungal infection; and 2 joint infections). Of these, 19 people have died in 15 states.

October 16, 2012 — Nationwide, 233 people have been infected — including 231 cases of fungal meningitis and 2 cases of joint infections. At least 15 people have died in 15 states.

October 15, 2012 — The FDA has identified 3 possible cases of fungal infections caused by other medicines from New England Compounding Center (NECC). The other medicines are triamcinolone acetonide (a type of epidural steroid shot) and cardioplegic solution (commonly used during heart surgery). Click here for more information.

New England Compounding Center Recall

Several government agencies are coordinating a response to an outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to New England Compounding Center. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many state health departments have identified more than 100 illnesses and a dozen deaths. The outbreak has been linked to epidural steroid injections sold by the company.

New England Compounding Center voluntarily recalled the steroid shots on September 26, 2012. On October 5, 2012, the company expanded the recall to include all medications sold by the company — around 1,200 medications in total.

The company has also shut down operations and surrendered their pharmacy license.

The company sold at least 17,000 potentially tainted steroid shots to 75 clinics in 23 states (listed below). The CDC estimates that around 13,000 people may have been injected with the recalled products since the outbreak began in May.

What is a compounding pharmacy?

Compounding pharmacies are like modern-day apothecaries. They mix custom medications, usually when there are no commercial alternatives. For example, a compounding pharmacy might make a liquid medication from a solid medication for someone who can’t swallow. Or, they might remove an ingredient from a medication for patients who have allergies.

Many years ago, compounding pharmacies were small-scale operations that mostly provided made-to-order medications. Today, many compounding pharmacies are mass-producing medications and selling them wholesale in bulk — like small pharmaceutical companies. The advantage is that a compounding pharmacy can often provide the drug more cheaply than a pharmaceutical company. Another advantage is that compounding pharmacies can fill prescriptions when there are drug shortages.

Does the FDA regulate compounding pharmacies?

Compounding pharmacies are subject to far less government oversight than pharmaceutical companies. They exist in a regulatory gray area between the federal U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and 50 different state pharmacy boards. The FDA doesn’t provide much oversight for compounding pharmacies. The FDA is not required to inspect facilities, and the pharmacies do not need to prove their products are safe or effective before they can sell them across state lines. Compounding pharmacies must be licensed by state pharmacy boards, however, many experts say these boards do not have the resources or expertise to inspect or regulate thousands of compounding pharmacies.

Facilities that Recalled Products from New England Compounding Center

The CDC has provided the following list of clinics that received potentially tainted epidural steroid injections from New England Compounding Center:

CYPRESS SURGERY CENTER DBA559 740 4094VISALIACA
ENCINO OUTPATIENT SURGICENTER818-986-1037ENCINOCA
UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER707 463 7345UKIAHCA
UNIVERSAL PAIN MANAGEMENAT661-267-6876 x166PALMDALECA
INTERVENTIONAL SPINE AND SPORTS MED203 598 7246MIDDLEBURYCT
FLORIDA PAIN CLINIC352-237-5906OCALAFL
INTERVENTIONAL REHAB CENTER850 484 8800PENSACOLAFL
MARION PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER352 622 1845OCALAFL
NORTH COUNTY SURGICENTER561 626 6446PALM BEACH GARDENSFL
ORLANDO CENTER FOR OUTPATIENT SURGERY407-426-8331ORLANDOFL
PAIN CONSULTANTS OF WEST FLORIDA850 494 0000PENSACOLAFL
SURGERY CENTER OF OCALA352-237-5906OCALAFL
SURGICAL PARK CENTER305-271-9100 x226MIAMIFL
FORSYTH STREET AMBULATORY SURG. CTR.478-749-1610MACONGA
PAIN SPECIALISTS OF IDAHO208 522 7246IDAHO FALLSID
WALTER KNOX MEMORIAL HOSPITAL208-365-3561 x3342EMMETTID
APAC CENTERS FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT708-483-7007WESTCHESTERIL
APAC CENTERS FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT-773-935-2760CHICAGOIL
THOREK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL773 975-6734CHICAGOIL
AMBULATORY CARE CENTER LLC812 475 1800EVANSVILLEIN
FORT WAYNE PHYSICAL MEDICINE260-436-9337FORT WAYNEIN
OSMC OUTPATIENT SURGERY CENTER574-266-4173ELKHARTIN
SOUTH BEND CLINIC574-237-9372SOUTH BENDIN
UNION HOSPITAL–812 238 4964TERRE HAUTEIN
WELLSPRING812-376-0700COLUMBUSIN
BALTIMORE PAIN MANAGEMENT410 682-5040BALTIMOREMD
BERLIN INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT410 641 3759BERLINMD
BOX HILL SURGERY CENTER410 877 8141ABINGDONMD
GREENSPRING SURGERY CENTER410 653 0077BALTIMOREMD
HARFORD COUNTY ASC, LLC410 538 7000EDGEWOODMD
PAIN MEDICINE SPECIALISTS410 825 6945TOWSONMD
SURGCENTER OF BEL AIR410 638 5523BEL AIRMD
MICHIGAN NEUROSURGICAL INST.810 606 7112GRAND BLANCMI
MICHIGAN PAIN SPECIALISTS734 995 7246BRIGHTONMI
NEUROMUSCULAR & REHABILITATION231 935 0860TRAVERSE CITYMI
SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN SURGICAL HOSPITAL586-427-1000WARRENMI
MAPS-EDINA MEDICAL PAIN CLINIC763 537 6000MINNEAPOLISMN
MAPS-MEDICAL ADVANCED PAIN763 537 6000FRIDLEYMN
MEDICAL ADVANCED PAIN SPECIALISTS*763-537-6000 x238SHAKOPEEMN
MEDICAL ADVANCED PAIN SPECIALISTS.763 537 6000MAPLE GROVEMN
MINNESOTA SURGERY CENTER763-767-7139EDINAMN
MINNESOTA SURGERY CENTER-763 537 6000MAPLE GROVEMN
HIGH POINT SURGERY336 878 6048HIGH POINTNC
NORTH CAROLINA ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC919 403 5148DURHAMNC
SURGERY CENTER OF WILSON252-237-5649WILSONNC
DR. O’CONNELL’S PAIN CARE CTR603-335-5070MERRIMACKNH
DR. O’CONNELL’S PAINCARE CENTERS, INC603 692 3166SOMERSWORTHNH
CENTRAL JERSEY ORTHOPEDICS SPECIALISTS PC908 561 2122SOUTH PLAINFIELDNJ
EDISON SURGICAL CENTER732 452 0123EDISONNJ
IF PAIN ASSOCIATES / ISAIAH FLORENCE201 287 1100TEANECKNJ
PREMIER ORTHOPEDICS SURG. ASSOC., LLC856 690 1750VINELANDNJ
Comprehensive Pain Management973 796 5216SPARTANJ
SOUTH JERSEY HEALTH CARE856 363 1558ELMERNJ
SOUTH JERSEY HEALTHCARE856-641-7557VINELANDNJ
SAHARA SURGERY CENTER702-362-7874LAS VEGASNV
BUTANI, SUNIL H. PHYSICIAN PC516 747 5042MINEOLANY
OBOSA MEDICAL SERVICES914-530-2323MOUNT VERNONNY
ROCHESTER BRAIN AND SPINE585 334 5560ROCHESTERNY
BKC PAIN SPECIALISTS,LLC740-387-7246MARIONOH
CINCINNATI PAIN MANAGEMENT513 891 0022CINCINNATIOH
MARION PAIN CLINIC740-375-0200MARIONOH
ORTHO-SPINE REHAB. CENTER, INC.DUBLINOH
ALLEGHENY PAIN MANAGEMENT814-940-2000 X 500ALTOONAPA
SOUTH HILLS PAIN & REHAB ASSOC.412 469 7722JEFFERSON HILLSPA
NEW ENGLAND ANESTHESIOLOGY (NEA)401-490-7530WARWICKRI
OCEAN STATE PAIN MANAGEMENT401 766 7700WOONSOCKETRI
OCEAN STATE PAIN MANAGEMENT-401 884 6070EAST GREENWICHRI
INTERVENE MD843-216-4844MOUNT PLEASANTSC
PCA PAIN CARE CENTER-865 835 5196OAK RIDGETN
SPECIALTY SURGERY CENTER931-484-2500 x125CROSSVILLETN
ST. THOMAS OUTPATIENT NEUROSURGIACL615 341 3433NASHVILLETN
DALLAS BACK PAIN MANAGEMENT214 445 5077DALLASTX
HARRIS METHODIST SOUTHLAKE CENTER817 748 8778SOUTHLAKETX
INSIGHT IMAGING-ROANOKE540 581 0882ROANOKEVA
NEW RIVER VALLEY SURGERY CENTER540 639 5888CHRISTIANSBURGVA
PARS INTERVENTIONAL PAIN304 865 7277PARKERSBURGWV

 

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