The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert after receiving seven (7) reports of fungal meningitis in patients who received contaminated injections manufactured by Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tennessee. All of the patients received injections of Methylprednisolone Acetate (Depo Medrol), a common anti-inflammatory steroid used to reduce pain. Our fungal meningitis lawyers are concerned because fungal infections can cause life-threatening injuries.
Do I Have a Texas Fungal Meningitis Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping people who have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was injured by fungal meningitis caused by a contaminated injection, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a fungal meningitis lawsuit.
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 FDA has issued a Safety Alert for all medicines compounded by Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern, Tennessee. They also 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.”
Injuries associated with the Tennessee fungal meningitis outbreak:
- Illinois — Five (5) patients developed abscesses
- North Carolina — Two (2) patients developed abscesses
What is Fungal Meningitis?
Fungal meningitis is a rare, non-contagious disease that causes severe inflammation of the lining around the spinal cord (meninges). Patients who are given contaminated back injections of Methylprednisolone Acetate can place fungal spores in direct contact with the meninges.
Symptoms of fungal meningitis:
- Stiff neck
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Altered mental status
How is fungal meningitis diagnosed? In some patients, symptoms can be vague and similar to other conditions — arthritis, for example. Therefore, patients who have new or worsening symptoms after an injection should contact a physician immediately. Fungal meningitis is diagnosed with samples of blood or cerebrospinal fluid (near the spinal cord) and sent to a lab for testing.
How long until symptoms occur? Fungal meningitis can develop rapidly or slowly. In past outbreaks, patients developed symptoms within days. However, it can take more than four weeks in some cases.
What is the treatment for fungal meningitis? When a patient is diagnosed with fungal meningitis, treatment will involve hospitalization. The patient will receive a long course of high-dose anti-fungal medications delivered intravenously (IV). The length of treatment depends on the severity of the infection and the type of fungus.
Compounding Pharmacies and Fungal Meningitis
This outbreak of fungal meningitis has renewed attention on the dangers of compounded medicine. In October 2012, an outbreak sickened 741 people, of whom 55 died. Compounding pharmacies create made-to-order medications for outpatient clinics and hospitals. Unlike a pharmaceutical company, compounding pharmacies are not held to the same regulatory standards imposed on drug manufacturers. Instead, they are regulated under a patchwork of state laws and federal laws.
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