Lawsuit Follows Possibly Tainted Steroid InjectionOctober 15, 2012
According to a recent report in the Chicago Times, a Minnesota woman who says she received steroid injections which could be at the center of a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis in the United States. Sources say the woman has sued the steroid manufacturer in U.S. District Court in Minnesota.
Sources say the woman is the first apparent victim of tainted steroid injections to sue the Framingham, Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center (NECC) – the company at the center of a meningitis outbreak that has killed 14 people. As many as 14,000 people received injections from suspect shipments of the steroid treatments produced by NECC.
The woman, who suffers from chronic back pain, said in the lawsuit that she suffered headaches and nausea for a week after receiving the injections at a medical clinic in Shakopee, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. Sources say the lawsuit proposes a class comprised of Minnesota residents who received the possibly tainted injections since June this year. Reportedly, there have been three reported meningitis cases in Minnesota, where about 830 people were treated with the suspect steroids. The company shipped the medication to 23 states.