Meningitis Outbreak in Texas, NECC Steroids Used at Harris Methodist Southlake Hospital and Dallas Back Pain Management

Attorney Fred Pritzker recently won over $40,000,000 for clients injured by an unsafe medical product. Now he and his Bad Bug Law Team are representing patients sickened by a steroid product contaminated with fungus that was sent to 23 states, including Texas. Fred can be contacted for a free consultation here.

Texas has its first confirmed case of fungal meningitits linked to steroid products used for epidural injections that were made by New England Compounding Center, a compounding pharmacy.  Like so many others in the last several days, the patient, an adult female from Central Texas, was evaluated after experiencing meningitis symptoms, which include fever, nausea, vomiting, photophobia, neck stiffness and headache. She tested positive for fungal infection, was hospitalized and is now being treated with antifungal drugs.

The recalled drug is a widely distributed steroid medication, methylprednisolone acetate, used to treat back pain and is administered by injection. Certain lots of the medication distributed by the NECC may be contaminated with a fungus (Exserohilum) that has led some patients to develop a rare form of fungal meningitis and stroke. Some patients are also developing septic arthritis.

Harris Methodist Southlake Hospital in Southlake and Dallas Back Pain Management are the two Texas health care providers known to have used the implicated NECC steroids. Approximately 131 patients are believed to have been treated with the steroid products, and they have all been contacted by the facilities.

The New England Compounding Center has voluntarily closed. All of its products have been recalled or are currently being withheld from use.

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