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Fungal Meningitis Associated with Contaminated Epidural Injections

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating the outbreak of fungal meningitis across the country. This fungal meningitis is the result of a contaminated epidural steroid injection called methylprednisolone acetate which was produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), a pharmacy in Framington, Massachusetts. There have been well over 100 known cases in many states. Tragically there have also been many deaths. NECC has issued a recall of these injections, but it is expected that the outbreak of Fungal Meningitis will expand.

There were no shipments of the contaminated injections shipped to Kentucky, however, neighboring states (Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, West Virginia and Virginia) all have healthcare facilities that received the methylprednisolone acetate epidural steroid injections. The list of healthcare facilities receiving the contaminated injections is below.

CYPRESS SURGERY CENTER DBA 559-740-4094 VISALIA CA
ENCINO OUTPATIENT SURGICENTER 818-986-1037 ENCINO CA
UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER 707-463-7345 UKIAH CA
UNIVERSAL PAIN MANAGEMENAT 661-267-6876 x166 PALMDALE CA
INTERVENTIONAL SPINE AND SPORTS MED 203-598-7246 MIDDLEBURY CT
FLORIDA PAIN CLINIC 352-237-5906 OCALA FL
INTERVENTIONAL REHAB CENTER 850-484-8800 PENSACOLA FL
MARION PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER 352-622-1845 OCALA FL
NORTH COUNTY SURGICENTER 561-626-6446 PALM BEACH GARDENS FL
ORLANDO CENTER FOR OUTPATIENT SURGERY 407-426-8331 ORLANDO FL
PAIN CONSULTANTS OF WEST FLORIDA 850-494-0000 PENSACOLA FL
SURGERY CENTER OF OCALA 352-237-5906 OCALA FL
SURGICAL PARK CENTER 305-271-9100 x226 MIAMI FL
FORSYTH STREET AMBULATORY SURG. CTR. 478-749-1610 MACON GA
PAIN SPECIALISTS OF IDAHO 208 522 7246 IDAHO FALLS ID
WALTER KNOX MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 208-365-3561 x3342 EMMETT ID
APAC CENTERS FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT 708-483-7007 WESTCHESTER IL
APAC CENTERS FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT 773-935-2760 CHICAGO IL
THOREK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 773-975-6734 CHICAGO IL
AMBULATORY CARE CENTER LLC 812-475-1800 EVANSVILLE IN
FORT WAYNE PHYSICAL MEDICINE 260-436-9337 FORT WAYNE IL
OSMC OUTPATIENT SURGERY CENTER 574-266-4173 ELKHART IN
SOUTH BEND CLINIC 574-237-9372 SOUTH BEND IN
UNION HOSPITAL 812 238 4964 TERRE HAUTE IN
WELLSPRING 812-376-0700 COLUMBUS IN
BALTIMORE PAIN MANAGEMENT 410-682-5040 BALTIMORE MD
BERLIN INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT 410-641-3759 BERLIN MD
BOX HILL SURGERY CENTER 410-877-8141 ABINGDON MD
GREENSPRING SURGERY CENTER 410-653-0077 BALTIMORE MD
HARFORD COUNTY ASC, LLC 410-538-7000 EDGEWOOD MD
PAIN MEDICINE SPECIALISTS 410-825-6945 TOWSON MD
SURGCENTER OF BEL AIR 410-638-5523 BEL AIR MD
MICHIGAN NEUROSURGICAL INST. 810-606-7112 GRAND BLANC MI
MICHIGAN PAIN SPECIALISTS 734-995-7246 BRIGHTON MI
NEUROMUSCULAR & REHABILITATION 231-935-0860 TRAVERSE CITY MI
SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN SURGICAL HOSPITAL 586-427-1000 WARREN MI
MAPS-EDINA MEDICAL PAIN CLINIC 763-537-6000 MINNEAPOLIS MN
MAPS-MEDICAL ADVANCED PAIN 763-537-6000 FRIDLEY MN
MEDICAL ADVANCED PAIN SPECIALISTS* 763-537-6000 x238 SHAKOPEE MN
MEDICAL ADVANCED PAIN SPECIALISTS. 763-537-6000 TRAVERSE CITY MI
MINNESOTA SURGERY CENTER 763-767-7139 EDINA MN
MINNESOTA SURGERY CENTER- 763-537-6000 MAPLE GROVE MN
HIGH POINT SURGERY 336-878-6048 HIGH POINT NC
NORTH CAROLINA ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC 919-403-5148 DURHAM NC
SURGERY CENTER OF WILSON 252-237-5649 WILSON NC
DR. O'CONNELL'S PAIN CARE CTR 603-335-5070 MERRIMACK NH
DR. O'CONNELL'S PAINCARE CENTERS, INC 603-692-3166 SOMERSWORTH NH
CENTRAL JERSEY ORTHOPEDICS SPECIALISTS PC 908-561-2122 SOUTH PLAINFIELD NJ
EDISON SURGICAL CENTER 732-452-0123 EDISON NJ
IF PAIN ASSOCIATES / ISAIAH FLORENCE 201-287-1100 TEANECK NJ
PREMIER ORTHOPEDICS SURG. ASSOC., LLC 856-690-1750 VINELAND NJ
COMPREHENSIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT 973-796-5216 SPARTA NJ
SOUTH JERSEY HEALTH CARE 856-363-1558 ELMER NJ
SOUTH JERSEY HEALTHCARE 856-641-7557 VINELAND NJ
SAHARA SURGERY CENTER 702-362-7874 LAS VEGAS NV
BUTANI, SUNIL H. PHYSICIAN PC 516-747-5042td> MINEOLA NY
OBOSA MEDICAL SERVICES 914-530-2323 MOUNT VERNON NY
ROCHESTER BRAIN AND SPINE 585-334-5560 ROCHESTER NY
BKC PAIN SPECIALISTS,LLC 740-387-7246 MARION OH
CINCINNATI PAIN MANAGEMENT 513 891 0022 CINCINNATI OH
MARION PAIN CLINIC 740-375-0200 MARION OH
ORTHO-SPINE REHAB. CENTER, INC. DUBLIN OH
ALLEGHENY PAIN MANAGEMENT 814-940-2000 ALTOONA PA
SOUTH HILLS PAIN & REHAB ASSOC. 412-469-7722 JEFFERSON HILLS PA
NEW ENGLAND ANESTHESIOLOGY (NEA) 401-490-7530 WARWICK RI
OCEAN STATE PAIN MANAGEMENT 401-766-7700 WOONSOCKET RI
OCEAN STATE PAIN MANAGEMENT- 401 884 6070 EAST GREENWICH RI
INTERVENE MD 843-216-4844 MOUNT PLEASANT SC
PCA PAIN CARE CENTER- 865-835-5196 OAK RIDGE TN
SPECIALTY SURGERY CENTER 931-484-2500 x125 CROSSVILLE TN
ST. THOMAS OUTPATIENT NEUROSURGIACL 615-341-3425 NASHVILLE TN
DALLAS BACK PAIN MANAGEMENT 214-445-5077 DALLAS TX
HARRIS METHODIST SOUTHLAKE CENTER 817-748-8778 SOUTHLAKE TX
INSIGHT IMAGING-ROANOKE 540-581-0882 ROANOKE VA
NEW RIVER VALLEY SURGERY CENTER 540-639-5888 CHRISTIANSBURG VA
PARS INTERVENTIONAL PAIN 304-865-7277 PARKERSBURG WV

The contaminated shipments of steroid injections took place beginning on May 21, 2012. As of September 26, 2012 New England Compounding Center voluntarily recalled all of these injections. Doctors at these facilities have been contacting their patients who were potentially exposed to the contaminated epidural steroid injections. Symptoms of Fungal Meningitis may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff Neck
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Altered mental state

Fungal Meningitis is not contagious. It is spread from a fungus through the blood to the spinal canal. People most at risk are those with weakened immune systems, including AIDS and cancer patients. There are treatment options that include intravenous therapy. If you think you have received the spinal steroid injections from one of the treatment centers listed, contact a doctor immediately.

If you or a loved one has suffered fungal meningitis as the result of this contaminated epidural steroid injection, you may want to explore your legal rights as well. You are encouraged to contact Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC. Brett is a Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer who can offer you guidance and answer your questions about the potential of pursuing a claim. Many patients who suffer serious health issues stemming from defective pharmaceuticals deserve to be compensated for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering (both physical and mental).

Victims of fungal meningitis can contact Brett via our contact form or call him at (502) 242-8877.