Nov. 1, 2012
An 80-year-old man from Roanoke recently filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of contaminated steroid injections which resulted in a nationwide Meningitis outbreak. WDBJ 7 News reported that the lawsuit alleges the drug’s manufacturer, New England Compounding Center (NECC), failed to ensure the medication was safe for use on patients. The man is seeking $5 million from the Roanoke Medical Malpractice lawsuit.
Reports indicate that NECC was working outside of its license when it produced mass quantities of methylprednisolone acetate injections, which is used to treat chronic back pain. The company’s license only allowed them to produce medications for specific patients and prescriptions as they came in.
The result was contamination of several lots of the injections with a common leaf fungus that has led to a nationwide outbreak of the disease, killing 29 people and leaving 368 others infected. Experts believe these numbers will continue to grow in coming weeks.
The amount of drug injury lawsuits that will be filed against the NECC is also expected to increase over time, along with possible lawsuits against the doctors and medical facilities who gave the injections. Dozens have been filed already and more can be expected as other patients are diagnosed.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful the lawsuits will help infected patients cover their future and current medical expenses.