October 05, 2012 at 21:14 PM EDT
Baltimore Drug Injury Lawyer Warns Maryland Back Pain Patients of Meningitis Found in Steroid Injections
Baltimore drug injury attorney Rob Jenner today cautioned back pain patients in Maryland and other states to contact their physicians if they have been treated with steroid injections since July.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says at least 35 people in six states, including Maryland, have contracted fungal meningitis after receiving steroid shots for back pain.
According to Time.com, patients at clinics in 23 states may have been treated with steroid shots that came from the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts, and have since been recalled.
"The threat of meningitis is as serious as it gets. Anyone who has had any kind of steroid injection between July and September of this year needs to contact a doctor as soon as possible," said Jenner, the leader of the Mass Torts team, including dangerous drug and defective medical device litigation, at the law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, in Baltimore.
New England Compounding Center has recalled three lots consisting of 17,676 single-dose vials of the steroid, preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate, according to Massachusetts health officials and The Washington Post.
Investigators for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found contamination in a sealed vial of the steroid at the company, the Post said.
The CDC has identified 35 meningitis cases in Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and Indiana that are traced back to steroid shots from the Massachusetts pharmacy. Five people have died, including a Maryland resident.
The drug in question, methylprednisone, is mostly used to treat older patients for lower back pain, according to an NBC News report.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include severe headache, stiff neck, nausea, fever, dizziness and trouble walking. Symptoms may take a few days to a month to develop.
Fungal meningitis is not contagious like the more common viral forms of meningitis.
"Anyone who may have had steroid injections this summer and who has been affected by this outbreak of meningitis should certainly contact a medical malpractice or drug injury lawyer," Jenner said. "Patients have rights, and they should act to protect them."
About Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC
The law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, is a nationally recognized law firm dedicated to representing victims of defective products, medical devices, prescription drugs and medical malpractice. Each of the firm's principals is named in The Best Lawyers in America(R) and Super Lawyers(R). The firm has offices in Baltimore, Maryland (Commerce Centre East, 1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 165, Baltimore, MD 21208; local phone number (410) 653-3200); Columbia, South Carolina; and Asheville, North Carolina. The firm accepts clients and referrals from clients and attorneys throughout the country. For more information, call the firm at (877) 692-3862 or use its online contact form.
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