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Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI’s) Linked to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

As you may have heard, the CDC and the FDA are conducting an investigation regarding a rare meningitis outbreak in patients who received contaminated epidural steroid injections, (ESI’s). As many as 13,000 people may have received the shots, but it is unknown how many were actually contaminated. To date, several cases have been reported in Florida. The potentially contaminated injections were utilized starting on or about May 21, 2012. This rare form of meningitis is not contagious, but requires medical attention.

Listed below are Florida Healthcare Facilities that received Lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate (steroid drug) recalled from New England Compounding Center (NECC) on September 26, 2012.

  • Florida Pain Clinic – Ocala, FL
  • Interventional Rehab Center – Pensacola, FL
  • Marion Pain Management Center – Ocala, FL
  • Orlando Center for Outpatient Surgery – Orlando, FL
  • North County Surgicenter – Palm Beach Gardens
  • Pain Consultants of West Florida – Pensacola, FL
  • Surgery Center of Ocala – Ocala, FL
  • Surgical Park Center – Miami, FL

Patients who feel ill and are concerned about they received a medication from NECC at one of the above-listed facilities should immediately contact their physicians. Generally, affected patients become symptomatic 1 to 4 weeks after their injection. Not all patients who received the medicine will become sick. Symptoms that should prompt patients to seek medical care include: fever, new or worsening headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, new weakness or numbness, increasing pan, redness or swelling of the injection site.

Clark & Martino, P.A. is currently accepting clients who were injured by receiving one of the affected lots of contaminated epidural steroid injection products. Please contact Anthony T Martino, Esquire for more information at 813 879-0700 or amartino@clarkmartino.com.