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2 Dead in Michigan, 105 Infected across Nation from Meningitis-Contaminated Steroid Injections

By Lipton Law on October 8, 2012 - No comments

Two people have died in Michigan from meningitis infections caused by infected steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). According to a USA Today report, a total of 105 patients across the United States have been infected with fungal meningitis, with eight dying from their illnesses.

Meningitis OutbreakThe drug, a steroid injected directly into the spine known as methylprednisolone acetate, is used to treat pain and inflammation. Currently, 105 people have been reported as contracting fungal meningitis due to receiving injections that were contaminated with the infection. Eight people have died due to the illness, two of which were residents of Michigan. A total of 76 medical facilities spread across 23 states received contaminated injections and the infections have been reported in a total of nine states. Visit www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html for a complete list of facilities that received the products.

The facilities in Michigan that received the contaminated drug include: the Michigan Neurological Institute, the Michigan Pain Specialists, the Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation, and the Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital.

Meningitis is an infection-caused inflammation of the membrane covering the spinal cord and brain. If it is not properly and quickly diagnosed, it can easily progress to becoming fatal.

NECC has voluntarily surrendered its license to operate while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigates the circumstances of the contamination. The pharmacy has also recalled not only its steroids, but all products in case of further contaminations. The FDA has told all consumers and medical professionals to cease using NECC products and for anyone who received an injection on or after July 1 and experienced meningitis symptoms to immediately visit a doctor.

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