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Florida state health officials today confirmed that there have been four more confirmed cases of fungal meningitis in Florida from the contaminated steroid medications that were distributed to Florida health care providers by New England Compounding Company in Framingham , Massachusetts. The total number of victims in Florida is now 17, and CGWC is currently representing 15 clients who have been confirmed victims or or who are undergoing medical tests to determine if they have been infected with the fungus from the contaminated medications. Over 250 people nationwide are sick as a result of these tainted drugs and 20 have died as a result of them. The bad drug is a steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, used primarily for epidural injections for back or joint disorders. So far, three lots of the medications have been recalled. Over 260 facilities in Florida have received some type of medications from NECC, and there are concerns that medications from NECC used for eye and heart surgeries may have been contaminated, so Floridians who have undergone epidural injections, heart surgery or eye surgery all have cause for concern.
Symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting, and nausea. Other symptoms could include redness or warmth at the injection site, swelling, pain, drainage from the injection site, etc. Worse, the fungus could lie dormant for weeks or months, if not more.
If you believe you have been a victim of this tainted drug, contact us for a free consultation about your legal rights.