July 25th, 2014|
When drug manufacturers fail to ensure their drugs are safe, they may face criminal and civil penalties. This may be the case for the New England Compounding Center (NECC)—the Massachusetts compounding facility responsible for contaminated steroid injections that led to a Tennessee meningitis outbreak.
A total of 751 people were sickened and another 64 died as the result of drug contamination, with 169 of those combined illnesses and deaths from Tennessee. The outbreak led to a voluntary recall of the product and a fund to reimburse the victims for damages, but now the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has began interviewing victims and their loved ones to determine if criminal charges should be brought against NECC.
The Tennessean explains that while criminal prosecution could be months—even years—away, many of the victims have already filed civil lawsuits against NECC. Meanwhile, NECC has filed for bankruptcy to alleviate their debts.
At Ponce Law, our team of Nashville personal injury attorneys are aware of the devastation the Tennessee meningitis outbreak caused and hope a resolution will help bring closure to victims and their families.
December 4th, 2013|
December 4, 2013
Last year, several tainted batches of steroid injections were released to the public, leading to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis. In all, 751 people were sickened in 20 states, resulting in the deaths of 64 patients. Sixteen of those fatalities occurred in Tennessee.
The Nashville Fungal Meningitis Lawyers with Ponce Law explain the outbreak has prompted several investigations, including examinations by federal officials. Now, in an effort to record each case associated with the outbreak, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking victims to register their information into a database.
According to an article published by The Tennessean, the FBI is seeking more information from the victims by having them answer a questionnaire posted on the agency’s website. Some of the questions ask victims to detail their illness and what effects it had, as well as if victims believe any other medications distributed by the facility responsible for the contaminated injections caused them harm.
No charges have been filed, but officials have stated the investigation is ongoing and active. Meanwhile, several victims have filed civil litigation against those allegedly responsible for causing the outbreak.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are here to answer any legal questions victims of the outbreak may have.