Tennessee Fungal Meningitis Cases

Outbreak of Meningitis Cases in Tennessee

Another tragic health epidemic has been found in Tennessee due to the use of a contaminated steroid medication made by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company that has been used as steroid epidural injections for a variety of medical problems, including chronic back pain.

The traditional television marketers in the legal profession have already started their glitzy campaigns soliciting victims of this tragic catastrophe that may have affected thousands who were administered this potentially bad drug.

Respected local retired physician Dr. Clif Cleveland has written an excellent summary of the issue in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Thursday, October 18, 2012 beginning on page E-2, which should be reviewed if you have had complications after taking injections for your back or other medical problems.

The Center for Disease Control has started to publicize the problem on their website at http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html, and many medical websites such as www.emaxhealth.com have addressed it as well.  As of October 17, 2012, the Tennessee Health Department ( http://health.state.tn.us/) indicated that 74 healthcare facilities in Tennessee received shipments of the steroids in question.

Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers suggests that, if you have had steroid epidural injections or a loved one has died, you immediately:  (1)contact your physician, clinic, and/or hospital to ascertain whether you received a steroid manufactured by New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts; and (2) contact a law firm of your choice that has a reputation and proven track record of handling product liability cases in the past and not just soliciting cases by television advertising promotions.

If you have any questions concerning these issues, contact Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers for a free consultation as to how you should protect your interests and ascertain what steps need to be taken in this complicated area of the medical and legal system.