You'd have to have been living under a rock not to have heard about this snowballing news story involving fungal meningitis illness and deaths from tainted epidural steroid injections around the country. Many of our clients need epidural injections to manage and relieve pain from back injuries caused by accidents.
Yesterday, news outlets reported that the first case of fungal meningitis has been found in Georgia in a 66 year old woman in Macon, Georgia who received injections for back pain. Fortunately, the woman is stable and not hospitalized. The woman was one of 184 patients who received the tainted injections at the Forsyth Street Ambulatory Surgery Center in Macon, but fewer than 10 of those patients are being watched for signs of the infection. The incubation period for fungal meningitis can range from months to a few weeks. The steroid serum was produced by a Massachussetts pharmacy, New England Compounding Center (NECC). The pharmacy has voluntarily recalled all those steroid products. The meningitis outbreak has sickened almost 300 people across 16 states and 23 of those sickened have died.
Helpful links to information:
FDA's Q&A on the Meningitis Outbreak
The FDA's Update and Pharmacy Customer List, October 22, 2012