The New England Compounding Center was shut down last month after it was linked to horrific meningitis that has affected more than 300 people nationwide and killed over 20 victims. Researchers determined that a steroid injection for lower back pain that was shipped from the compounding center contained a dangerous fungus that could develop into the disease meningitis after being injected into a victim’s spine. As many as 1,300 people were injected with the steroid in recent days, and many have ended up in the hospital battling the illness that causes the lining of the brain and spinal cord to swell.
While the New England Compounding Center stopped operations late last month, another pharmacy has recently been shut down concerning the sterility of their products. The state officials say that they began conducting surprise inspections of medicinal facilities after the outbreak to make sure that all other medical products were up to par and that a similar outbreak would not arise. The Department of Public Health in the state said that inspectors when to the Waltham location of a Rhode-Island based Infusion Resource Company and determined that the drugs were being mixed in a dangerous environment.
The company was inspected when it was opened in December of 2009, but had not been re-inspected since then. The company has agreed that they will contact their 40 patients and ask them to return any unused medications. Pharmacies and medication production companies all over the United States are under extra observation since the meningitis outbreak, and state health departments are working to vigilantly discover any pharmacies that are not up to current health and safety standards.
If you have received a tainted medication from a pharmacy that failed to observe health code, then you can contact a Miami personal injury attorney at the Mesa Law Firm today. The attorneys at this law firm will work hard to give you the representation you need in court and obtain a settlement that you will make up for the suffering you have had to experience.