Ocala Meningitis Outbreak Attorneys


Ocala Personal Injury Lawyers
Whittel & Melton, LLC

Handling New England Compounding Center Meningitis Lawsuits in Ocala, Florida

At least 91 patients who received epidural steroid injections distributed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) have developed fungal meningitis. The outbreak currently spans a total of nine states and at least seven people have died. Several patients have had strokes. There have been at least four CDC-confirmed outbreak victims in the state of Florida alone.

WARNING – The NECC recently recalled all of its products, including Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, the product linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak. At this time, there are no indications that any of the company’s other products have been contaminated. The Food and Drug Administration has urged medical professionals not to use any products distributed by the NECC, including:

Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #05212012

Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #06292012

Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #08102012

Health Care Facilities in Ocala, FL that Received Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF)

Possibly contaminated products were received by the following facilities in Ocala, Florida:

FLORIDA PAIN CLINIC – 3241 Southwest 34th Street Ocala, FL 34474

MARION PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER – 1737 Southeast 28th Loop Ocala, FL 34471

SURGERY CENTER OF OCALA – 3241 Southwest 34th Street Ocala, FL 34474

Data compiled by the CDC confirms that all infected patients of this meningitis outbreak received steroid injections for back pain from July to September. Health officials believe that the steroids may have contained a dangerous fungus found in leaf mold. Fungal meningitis is not contagious and is developed when the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord become inflamed.

According to the CDC, the exact number of people that may have been affected by this outbreak is unknown at this time. Those infected suffered a variety of symptoms approximately 1 to 4 weeks after their injection, including headache, nausea, fever and a neurological deficit consistent with deep brain stroke.

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If you or someone you care for has developed fungal meningitis or suffered a stroke after receiving an epidural steroid injection, you may be able to file a claim against the maker of the steroid injection. The Ocala Meningitis Outbreak Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are equipped to handle cases of meningitis and stroke linked to NECC. The number of outbreaks is growing rapidly. It could take several months before all cases of meningitis and stroke linked to the NECC are accounted for. In the meantime, it is essential to make sure that your rights remain protected.

Distributors and manufacturers of medical products have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products before they are released for public use. When they fail to adequately measure the potential for side effects or injury, this is considered negligent. If you or someone you care for has suffered a stroke or developed fungal meningitis after receiving a steroid injection, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover financial compensation. If your loved one died after receiving a steroid injection, we can help you file a wrongful death claim. Contact Whittel & Melton today online or call us in Marion County at 1-352-369-5334.

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