Here is the latest on the fungal meningitis outbreak first discovered in Nashville and now spreading to other states:
- Seven people have died and 64 have been infected with fungal meningitis, presumably linked to an epidural steroid injection manufactured by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
- Cases of fungal meningitis have now been reported in Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio.
- The steroid was sold to health care facilities by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., a specialty pharmacy that has recalled three lots of the drug and shut down operations.
- The steroid was shipped to 23 states and those states are now working with local health care providers to notify patients who received the medication.
- A Kentucky judge is thought to be one of the first victims of fungal meningitis originating with contaminated steroids.
- Click on the link to read about the potential liability of those involved in the fungal meningitis outbreak.
- Click on the link to read about the damages recoverable under Tennessee law in the fungal meningitis cases and how those damages will be impacted by the tort reform legislation.
- Click on the link to read the latest from the Centers for Disease Control on the fungal meningitis investigation.
- This article from the Wall Street Journal provides some interesting information on compounding pharmacies such as the New England Compounding Center.
- Tennessee regulations concerning the duty to maintain a sterile environment when compounding drugs.
There are still many unanswered questions about this entire tragedy and the answers to some of those questions will not be known for months and months.