Meningitis Outbreak Sheds Light on Risks of Compounding Pharmacies

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Meningitis Outbreak

According to federal health officials and widespread reports, at least 137 people in ten states have become ill from a rare form of meningitis.   This particular outbreak is believed to have been caused by contamination of an injected medication used by the victims to reduce lower back pain.

Individuals who were sickened due to this meningitis outbreak, or family members of those who might have died from the condition, may have a legal claim for compensation.  If you or a loved one has contracted meningitis after receiving a steroid injection, you should contact an attorney to help protect your legal rights. 

While this particular outbreak seems to be centered around individuals that used back medicine that was produced by an single compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, this by no means a once-in-a-lifetime event.  Compounding pharmacies have been growing in popularity over the past few years due to the promise of customizing drug treatment to each patient.  For example, if a patient is allergic to one particular part of a mass produced drug, a compounding pharmacy can create a version of the drug that does not contain that one ingredient.  While this sound very promising, the danger lies in the fact that these pharmacies are not held to the same safety standards as the major drug manufacturers.  The current meningitis outbreak seems to be evidence of this danger.

If you feel you have been made sick due to medication produced at a compounding pharmacy, please contact our office to discuss your case. 

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