By now, most of us have heard of the fungal meningitis outbreak that has been linked to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. This is the type of pharmacy that manufactures custom blends of prescription drugs in order to specifically target identified medical symptoms. It is truly the custom drug store.
Before this current outbreak how many of us were aware of the threat of fungal meningitis? I’ll bet that not many of us were. Yet, now we know that of the known 14 thousand doses of the tainted medications that were shipped out to a variety of medical providers, there have been a reported 328 cases of illness, 24 associated deaths, with incidents in at least 18 states… thus far.
This nationwide breakout of fungal meningitis has reminded us of the unquestioning trust we put in our doctors. But now we are even more aware of the trust we put into our pharmacists. In the vast majority of the interactions with our doctors and pharmacists, this trust is well-placed.
Rarely do we see a new case of nationwide medical neglect like we are seeing in the current meningitis outbreak. This is why we are encouraging all potentially affected individuals who received an epidural steroid injection to contact their doctor if they have any of the symptoms below.
• Worsening headache
• Sensitivity to light
• Stiff neck
• New weakness or numbness in any part of your body
• Slurred speech
• Increased pain, redness or swelling at your injection site
The CDC is recommending that if you have reason to suspect that you’ve contracted fungal meningitis to immediately contact your doctor to discuss your concerns and begin treatment if necessary.
Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys
Here at the law offices of Ken Nunn, we want to assure that if you are a resident of Indiana and have been impacted by the recent fungal meningitis outbreak, we are knowledgeable in this area of injury and medical malpractice law.
We stand ready to handle the legal issues while you and your loved one tend to the more important work of healing. Please contact us at the Ken Nunn Law Office to initiate a live chat with one of our representatives. As always, a comprehensive evaluation of your case will determine your best course of action.
Source. NBC News, ‘http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/23/14648148-fungal-meningitis-toll-tops-300-still-23-dead?lite,’ JoNel Aleccia, October 23, 2012.