Steroid Injections Cause Meningitis
Outbreak Across the Nation
A recent outbreak of fungal meningitis has affected over 100 people and taken over 10 lives so far across the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that contaminated injections from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) are the source of the outbreak.
Our firm is currently investigating potential claims for compensation related to the damages sustained as a result of receiving a contaminated or potentially contaminated spinal steroid injection.
If you or a loved one has fallen ill after receiving such an injection, or if a loved one has died due to meningitis after a spinal steroid injection, please contact the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, PC as soon as possible to schedule a no charge confidential consultation with one of our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys.
Maryland Clinics That Received NECC Steroid Vials
NECC produced and shipped the steroid – methylprednisolone acetate – to 75 facilities in 23 different states. Seven clinics in the state of Maryland received the steroid:
- Berlin Interventional Pain Management, Berlin, MD
- Box Hill Surgery Center, Abingdon, MD
- Greenspring Surgery Center, Baltimore, MD
- Harford County ASC, Edgewood, MD
- Pain Medicine Specialists, Towson, MD
- Surgery Center of Bel Air, Bel Air, MD
- Zion Ambulatory Center (f/k/a Baltimore Pain Management), Rosedale, MD
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the CDC, has advised every healthcare facility in the nation to stop using the products. NECC has also voluntarily expanded its recall to include every product that was compounded and shipped from its Framingham, Massachusetts facility.
It is estimated that the vials have already been used on thirteen thousand patients throughout the U.S.
What to Do If You Received an NECC Steroid Injection
Maryland health officials are currently monitoring all admissions to urgent care centers and hospitals. If you received an injection at one of the seven clinics in Maryland, contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following meningitis symptoms:
- Severe headache
- Neck stiffness
- Photophobia (eye discomfort in bright light)
- Light sensitivity
Meningitis is a serious and potentially deadly inflammation of the membranes that cover your spinal cord and brain. The incubation period appears to be between two days and four weeks, based on existing cases. Fungal meningitis, which is the type of meningitis linked to the contaminated steroid injections, is not contagious, and cannot be contracted by contact with an infected individual.
If you received a contaminated steroid injection from NECC at one of the Maryland clinics listed above, please contact the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, PC as soon as possible to schedule a no charge confidential consultation with one of our experienced Maryland personal injury lawyers.