It goes without saying that all medical patients expect the drugs that their doctors give them to make them better–not expose them to potentially fatal infections. But that is just what thousands of patients may be facing after a large meningitis outbreak involved steroids used in dozens of states across the country.
As outlined in a recent report on the situation from Reuters, over 100 people have already been identified as contracting the infection. The total has climbed steadily over the last few days as more and more patients have showed signs of the problem and have been diagnosed. At least eight patients have already died as a result of the outbreak. Just as shockingly, officials report that as many as 13,000 individuals may ultimately have been exposed to the infection as a result of tainted painkillers.
The Source of the Meningitis Outbreak
Thus far investigators have traced the meningitis problem back to a compounding pharmacy company based in Massachusetts. The company takes products made by other companies and alters them into correct doses. The drug at issue here was a steroid that is primarily used as a painkiller and given in the back. The exact name for the drug is methylprednisolene acetate.
The company reports that it shipped well over 17,600 vials of the steroid between July and September of this year. It has since been recalled, but not before a majority of those vials may have made their way into patient bodies. The results may be devastating, as meningitis can be fatal.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, officials have already noted that the company in question had complaints lodged against it in the past. It is far too early to make any specific claims about the exact cause of this particular incident. However, it is not uncommon for these sorts of mistakes–potentially affecting thousands of patients–to be caused by those with a track record of cutting corners or otherwise not placing patients safety first. It will be crucial for all those involved to demand a complete investigation so that this situation is exposed. Only that way can changes be demanded to prevent anything similar from happening again.
If you or someone you know may have been infected by this meningitis situation in Illinois, be sure to get in touch with a medical professional immediately. There is no time to waste when it comes to your health and well-being in a infection situation. In addition, there are many legal issues at play with this outbreak. It is important to seek out an attorney in a timely manner to ensure you and your family have access to the funds you are owed as a result of this potential act of negligence. In Chicago and throughout Illinois, the attorneys at our firm are here to help. Please give us a call today.
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