A second wave of serious infections from the same tainted drug that caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak is now ongoing, according to The New York Times.
The drug, which contaminated nearly 14,000 people with a fungus that caused a public health disaster now in its fourth month, is now causing infections near the spinal injection site where it was used to treat chronic back or neck pain.
These spinal infections, including abscesses, can be dangerous and hard to detect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged doctors to consider M.R.I. scans even in patients who did not feel worse after the injection, but whose existing back or neck pain simply did not get better.
The disease outbreak, which resulted in 620 illnesses in 19 states and 39 deaths, was caused by batches of methylpresnisolone acetate made by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. which were contaminated by a black mold. The treatment is a long course of antifungal drugs, which can have dangerous side effects.
The company was shut down and recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Read the full details here:
"This tainted drug continues to cause injuries, wrongful death, pain and suffering, and other damages to those who were unlucky to have received it," said Steve Crandall, a top-rated medical malpractice attorney throughout Ohio and Kentucky.
"Worse yet, the company is filing bankruptcy to avoid liability from patients who will rightfully sue the company for damages."
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