The numbers keep going up!
The Center for Disease Control is now reporting that there have been 23 deaths due to the fungal meningitis outbreak. The total number of cases know is 285. There are at least 16 known cases of fungal meningitis in Maryland and 41 known cases in Virginia. This outbreak is allegedly due to medicine made by a drug compounding company in Massachusettes. Patients across the country were given spinal injections with compounded medicine contaminated with fungal meningitis. What this means, in layman's terms, is that the fungal meningitis was injected directly into many patients spinal column. Government agencies estimate that as many as 14,000 back pain patients were given the contaminated medications.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with fungal meningitis call Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester, LLC at 888-213-8140 for a free phone consultation. Our medical legal team is currently investigating fungal meningitis cases.
What is the Food and Drug Administration saying about this epidemic? Well, they have confirmed that Exserohilum Rostratum in compounded drugs from the New England Compounding Company. The FDA is also providing doctors with a form letter to send to patients they suspect may have received contaminated medications. The form letter is located on the fda website.