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Judge Allows Meningitis Victims’ Attorneys to Conduct Inspections of NECC’s Lab

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12/03/2012 - On November 28, 2012, federal Massachusetts judge, F. Dennis Saylor, denied a defense motion to stay thirteen meningitis lawsuits that allege New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. (NECC) distributed contaminated steroid injections that caused a recent fungal meningitis outbreak in the United States.  Attorneys for NECC wanted to delay the inspections until after January 31, 2013 when the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has a scheduled hearing to determine whether to consolidate the claims in a single federal court.  However U. S. District Judge Saylor agreed with Plaintiff’s counsel that the inspections were time-sensitive and he ruled that attorneys representing the affected patients were permitted to conduct their own inspections of the facility while they wait to hear from the judicial panel on where the cases will be heard.  

On September 25, 2012, NECC recalled over 17,000 vials of its preservative-free methylprednilosone acetate product, which was used in steroid injections.  On October 17, 2012, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) verified the presence of fungi Exserohilum rostratum, responsible for the fungal meningitis outbreak, in vials of the recalled products.  Upon inspection of the premises, the government officials learned that NECC actually knew about the mold and bacterial contamination at its facility and failed to do anything about it, according to the FDA’s Form 483.  As of November 26, 2012, there were 510 confirmed meningitis cases, including 36 deaths.

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If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered a loss as a result of meningitis induced by tainted steroid injections you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Methylprednisolone Acetate Meningitis Lawsuit Attorneys of Ennis & Ennis today for a free confidential case evaluation by filling out the form on this page or call toll-free: 1-800-856-6405.

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