$100 Million Settlement Agreement Over Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Pharmaceutical LitigationThe Florida fungal meningitis injury attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville have learned that the owners of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) and some associated medical companies have agreed to put nearly $100 million into a victim compensation fund for those stricken with fungal meningitis due to contaminated steroid injections.

The contaminated injections sickened 751 people nationwide in 2012 and early 2013 and killed at least 64 people. Investigators estimated that some 17,000 of the contaminated injections were distributed to hospitals and pain centers around the country. All told, 14,000 people may have been exposed to the contaminated shots.

In Florida, 25 people were infected with fungal meningitis and seven deaths were attributed to the contaminated shots.

The outbreak exposed a shocking lack of oversight and regulations within the compounding pharmacy industry and led to congressional action that resulted in sweeping reforms designed to hold the industry that custom-mixes prescription drugs more accountable.

In the wake of the outbreak, NECC declared bankruptcy, leaving a question mark as to where the funds to help the victims of the outbreak might come from. In the end, the owners of NECC and its insurers agreed to put $75 million into the fund. Additional funds may come from the sale of a related company, Ameridose. Attorneys for the victims are hoping that other companies associated with the outbreak will contribute additional funds.

The settlement doesn’t let doctors and various pain clinics where the shots were administered off the hook. Physicians who administered or advised patients to get the injections may still be found liable for patients’ injuries.

If you were sickened by a contaminated steroid injection, please call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555. We can explain your legal rights and will clarify where fungal meningitis contamination litigation currently stands in Florida. Call us today. We can help.