New England Compounding Center Meningitis Lawyer


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New England Compounding Center Meningitis LawyerNew England Compounding Center (NECC), a compounding pharmacy located in Massachusetts, has been identified as the source of contaminated steroid injections that have caused an outbreak of non-contagious fungal meningitis. Hundreds of people have been sickened, at least two dozen have died, and the outbreak continues to grow.

 

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UPDATE

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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 CDC is reporting that 490 people have been diagnosed with meningitis, 12 people have been diagnosed with peripheral joint infections, and 34 people have died in 19 states. Most new cases since November 4 have involved non-meningitis fungal infections. Click here to read more.

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.

October 23, 2012 — Nationwide, the CDC is reporting 308 cases (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 17, 2012 — Nationwide, 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 15, 2012 — The FDA has identified 3 possible cases of fungal infections caused by other medicines from New England Compounding Center (NECC), in addition to methylprednisolone acetate that has been linked to hundreds of illnesses. 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

A preliminary investigation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and several state health departments has traced an outbreak of fungal meningitis to epidural steroid injections from New England Compounding Center.

On September 26, 2012, New England Compounding Center issued a voluntary recall of three lots of methylprednisolone acetate, an epidural steroid injection commonly used to treat back pain in outpatient clinics. On October 5, 2012, the company expanded the recall to include all lots of all medications sold by the company — approximately 1,200 drugs and medical products. The company has rescinded their pharmacy license and shut down the facility.

The epidural steroid injections in question were sold to at least 75 clinics in 23 states. An estimated 13,000 people may have received injections with the recalled products. More than one hundred people have been sickened and at least a dozen have died.

What is a compounding pharmacy?

Compounding pharmacies create custom medications that are not available commercially — modern-day apothecaries, essentially. For example, a compounding pharmacy might take a solid medication and turn it into a liquid for a patient who cannot swallow. Or, they might mix a medication for a patient who is allergic to a certain ingredient. They also provide medications during drug shortages.

In the past, compounding pharmacies were small-scale operations, often located in hospitals. However, there is an increasing number of compounding pharmacies that wholesale bulk medications, like small-scale pharmaceutical companies, because they can often provide the drugs much more cheaply than large pharmaceutical companies. A growing number of compounding pharmacies operate factories that mass-produce drugs and sell them across state lines, even when there are no drug shortages.

Are compounding pharmacies regulated by the FDA?

Compounding pharmacies are in a regulatory limbo between 50 different state pharmacy boards and the federal U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although the FDA can step in and provide oversight in specific cases (such as during an outbreak), most oversight powers are in the hands of pharmacy boards. Unfortunately, experts say pharmacy boards lack the resources and expertise to inspect compounding pharmacies effectively. Furthermore, medicines produced by compounding pharmacies do not need to be evaluated for safety and effectiveness by the FDA.

New England Compounding Center Recalled Products

The following facilities have recalled 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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