Cincinnati Attorney On Meningitis Outbreak Follow the Money To Sue All Responsible

As a Cincinnati personal injury attorney within a mile of the Cincinnati Pain Management Center that delivered to some

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200 of its patients the steroid tainted fungus I have been watching the developments of the fungal meningitis outbreak. Although there are more questions and answers at this point, one big question is:

 

 

 

 

 

Who Are All Entities To Consider Responsible To

Compensate Meningitis Victims

 

It is simple to look at the NECC the “manufacturer” of the products. Initially the 3 batches of methylprednisolone acetate were implicated, but now all of their injectable drugs are under suspicion. Their web site is down and they are no longer doing business. So chances are they do not have close to enough assets or insurance to to compensate all of the victims.

Already commentators have discussed potential responsibility on the part of the Clinic and medical facilities that purchased the drug . In fact, in New Jersey a lawsuit has included   healthcare providers. Some of the issues are what steps did health care providers take to see that the steroid was safe for use. There were red flags out there as NECC had already been warned by the FDA not to engage in certain practices.

 

It is evident that the New England Compounding Company was making this steroid in bulk and not in response to individual prescriptions which was against Massachsetts law. It’s hard to imagine that those purchasing the drug did not know that it was not being provided  per patient prescription.

Fungus Potential Consequence of Bulk Manufacture

 

Lou Diorio, a consultant to compounding pharmacies was quoted as saying it’s harder to keep everything sterile when working with large amounts. And he gave many ways the bulk manufacture could contribute to allowing the fungus. (Source: article by Mike Stobbe) The steriod comes in a powder and a liquid is introduced creating a liquid mixture. The two types of fungus Aspergillus and Exserohilum are common . However no one has confirmed the source of the fungus.

 

Sister Companies of NECC Ameridose and Alaunus  Are Being Looked At

 

Rueters news service repoted that NECC and Ameridose and Alaunus are owned by Gregoroy Conigliaro and brother in law Barry Cadden. Regulators are looking at “goverance issues”. As an attorney I would be looking at mutual control and de facto partnership issues.

Ameridose seems to be the big player in the compounding industry. In 2011 it moved into a 70,000 square foot facility. They also hold a license here in Ohio. What is intriguing is that in June Ameridose won a contract to compound and repackage drugs for Health Trust Purchasing Group LP, a consortium of hospitals and surgery centers with combined annual purchasing volume of more than 20 billion dollars whose owners include HCA holdings Ins. a hospital giant. (Source:Reuters article by Tim McLaughlin, Toni Park and Aaron Pressman.)

The Suppliers and Distributors of the Steroid

No one has identified the company that supplied the powdered steroid. No one has said whether other intermediary distributors are involved. But they could certainly be players in this critical outbreak and the lawsuits to follow.

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Anthony Castelli attorney represents persons that are injured or had a loved one die as a result of the negligence of others. He has authored two books and coauthored the best seller Wolf in Sheep’s’Clothing. He has tried over 25 civil injury claims.

He helps victims from across Ohio. With regards to meningitis he has already talked with patients and consumer advocates and knows the fear out there in people that have been injected and have contracted meningitis or are concerned about contracting it. If you believe you have been given a tainted shot Anthony will consult with you  at no cost or obligation. Call him today at 513-621-2345 or 1-800-447-6549

 

Other Sources of Information: State of Ohio and Federal

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/

http://www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/

http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm322734.htm

Consumer Meningitis Facebook Group

 

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Cincinnati Menigitis Attorney Says Warren County Identifies Fungal Menigitis

Meningitis Outbreak News Cincinnati

 

As a Cincinnati attorney for meningitis help this is an update on the meningitis infection especially for Ohio and Hamilton County and Warren county. Just yesterday when the Center for disease Control raised their count to 9 for the State of Ohio, they mentioned a Warren county man that contracted meningitis.

 

There was no discussion of the severity of his illness, when he contracted it, where he contracted it. Certainly there are privacy issues involved , but with the dearth of information, in a vast wasteland of information, it would be good to have a few more details.

The Cincinnati pain Management Center is the only facility so far in this are that has been identified as giving steroid shots with the tainted fungus from NECC. Now there are more recalls of all of NECC drugs and the CDC and the Health department has identified others that gave injected steroids that may or may not have contained contamination.

There has been no news release from the Ohio depatment of health in several days. One wonders how many more will come down with meningitis and how many more will die. The people with meningitis are presumably being treated by the CDC protocol. One wonders how they are doing and is the treatment effective.

For the most recent update from the CDC click here.

 

by Anthony Castelli attorney

Please call us with your legal questions about your rights. Two lawsuits have already been filed against NECC. And the undercurrent is that they may not have enough insurance or assets to pay for everyone’s death or illness. Free consultation for legal hep at 513-621-2345 1-800-447-6549

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Resources CDC and Ohio Depatment of Health

Cincinnati Meningitis Attorney Update on Ohio Victims

As a Cincinnati attorney with an office within one mile of where at least 200 people were  injected with the tainte

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steroid I am watching closely this sad saga of the outbreak of meningitis. Just 2 days ago the count of Ohio citizens who had contracted fungal meningitis from the tainted steroids was 3 . Almost over night we are now told 7 Ohio citizens have contracted meningitis.

The Center For Disease Control keeps a running tally on a daily basis of the number contracted meningitis by State and by date. Their first count  was October 6th and listed 64 cases with 7 dead. At that time one Ohio meningitis case was listed. As of Oct 16, 2012 there are 223 listed with 15 dead. Two are peripheral injections vs epidural.

In Ohio the disease toll is now 7. The first three known were from Hamilton county, Morrow and Crawford County. The last 4 were from Marion County. In Cincinnati it is estimated at least 200 were injected with the tainted steroid at the Cincinnati pain management clinic.

200 Injected with Tainted NECC Steroid in Cincinnati

What is going on with those 200 people. One man has been hospitalized. Presumably no one else so far has been diagnosed, but that does not mean other will not be. there is a long latency to this disease. But I can tell you people are scared . I’ve received phone calls and email. They are confused about what to do. No medical professional in the Hamilton County health department or the State Heath department has stepped up to coordinate diagnosis, monitoring, followup and reporting and treatment.

Sure the Ohio Department of Health sent this letter  advising people that their health care provider had identified them as one who may have been infected. Sure local health departments worked to notify people , but that’s pretty much been it. They state here’s what to watch out for, see your doctor if you have these symptoms and your pretty much on your own.

I’ve covered this subject before. Should there not be a central response site or sites designated by the State as to where people can go to get the best help for meningitis . Hopefully in the next 48 hours together we can uncover the best place to get diagnosed and treated in Cincinnati and through out Ohio.

As a Cincinnati attorney I hope this update on meningitis victims lets you know that someone out there knows what you are going through and wants to do something about it. It’s my fervent hope that you get your questions answered and the medical help you need as the reality is more people are being diagnosed and 15 have died.

If you would like to know  you legal rights please call me for a free consultation. 513-621-02345 0r 1-800-447-6549

Anthony Casteli attorney

8170 Corporate Park Drive #220

Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

 

Meningitis Clinics That Used Tainted Steroid Identified by CDC

 

The fungal meningitis outbreak appears to have been contained to specific medical clinics. The Center for Disease Control has identified 76 places that purchased the tainted  steroid batches manufactured by the New England Compounding  Center, one of the culprits implicated in this crisis. If you received an steroid injection, although most were epidural, other have been identified, since May of 2012 from one of these facilities YOU ARE AT RISK AND NEED TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE

 

 Complete List of Medical Facilities That Purchased

           Tainted Meningitis Steroid From NECC

 

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 IN
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 MAPLE GROVE MN
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 5042 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. 614-793-8817 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

by Anthony Castelli Attorney

Anthony has a unique vantage point in this outbreak of fungal meningitis as he is located less that a mile from this Cincinnati Pain Management office, one of the four facilities identified in Ohio.

Anthony is available for free case evaluation if you have received an injection of the tainted steroid. You may call Anthony at 513-621-2345 or 1-800-447-6549

 

Sources:  http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html

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http://blog.castellilaw.com/cincinnati-pain-management-named-as-facility-that-used-tainted-steriods.html

http://blog.castellilaw.com/fungal-meningitis-outbreak-update.html

http://blog.castellilaw.com/fungal-meningitis-outbreak-confirmed-in-ohio.html

What to Do Immediately If You Suspect Meningitis

If you have received steroid injections, you are probably very concerned about the current fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated shots. Meningitis can be fatal and, as of October 11, 2012, 170 cases of meningitis and 14 deaths have been reported in the outbreak. If you suspect that you may have contracted meningitis from a steroid injection, talk to your doctor right away.

What to do

If you have received a steroid injection since May 21, 2012, you may have received a contaminated shot. Symptoms typically appear between one and four weeks after receiving the injection, but some have appeared sooner, and some have taken longer to appear.

The symptoms displayed in meningitis resulting from contaminated steroids have been very mild in some patients. If you suspect that you may be at risk:

Talk to your doctor and find out if you received a potentially contaminated steroid injection
If you have received a potentially contaminated injection and you experience any symptoms, even mild symptoms, seek immediate medical attention

Symptoms

Symptoms can include:

  • Worsening back pain
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Stiff neck
  • Pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fever
  • Slurred speech
  • Altered mental state
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

If you have contracted meningitis after receiving a steroid injection, or if you have lost a loved one to the fungal meningitis outbreak, in Ohio, please contact meningitis attorney Anthony Castelli right away. You may be entitled to compensation which can pay for your medical care, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.