Pharmacy Heart of Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Files for Bankruptcy
The New England Compounding Center (NECC), the pharmacy responsible for the devastating fungal meningitis outbreak, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
More than 39 deaths and 600 injuries have resulted from the meningitis outbreak, which came from 17,000 vials of contaminated preservative-free methylprednilosone acetate epidural steroid injections, which were used to relieve back pain. The NECC issued a recall of the contaminated steroid injections in September 2012. Approximately 14,000 patients are known to have received the tainted injections, which have been linked to side effects such as:
- Fungal Meningitis
- Stroke (related to fungal meningitis)
- Osteomyelitis or worsening inflammatory arthritis of a peripheral joint (e.g., knee or shoulder)
- Osteomyelitis or abscess at the site of a spinal injection
Victims of the fungal meningitis outbreak face a long and uncertain road to recovery. If you or a loved one developed fungal meningitis or another ailment from contaminated steroids, we urge you to call one of our lawyers today to learn more about filing a fungal meningitis lawsuit.
Contaminated Steroid Injections Lead to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Company Bankruptcy
The NECC, based in Massachusetts, shipped the contaminated steroid injections to medical facilities throughout the country. The company reported assets between $1 million to $10 million at the time of filing for bankruptcy, with less than $2.35 million debts.
The company is trying to pursue a greater, quicker payout to its creditors. According to Keith Lowey, NECC’s independent director and chief restructuring officer, “We want to assemble a substantial fund, and then distribute it fairly and efficiently to those who are entitled to relief.”
Problems at the NECC began as far back as 1999, just a year after the company began operations. Documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request show that regulators refrained from the harshest sanctions available to them, while complaints about NECC standards continued to increase.
One reported problem involved a company official handing out blank prescriptions. An outside evaluation firm reported that the company had inadequate documentation and inadequate process controls involving sterilization in 2006.
Fungal Meningitis Lawsuits Mounting After Steroid Injection Recall
The NECC is under criminal investigation for the contaminated steroid injection recall.
Patients who received a recalled steroid injection and suffered from fungal meningitis side effects are filing lawsuits against the NECC, alleging that the company’s negligence led to their injuries. Fungal meningitis lawsuits seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Our Firm is offering case reviews to anyone affected by the meningitis outbreak and the NECC steroid injection recall. For more information, call 1-877-779-1414.