December 19, 2012

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Update: Ameridose Shutters, Issues Recall of All Products

by Levin & Perconti

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced that Ameridose, the sister company of the Framingham pharmacy responsible for the meningitis outbreak earlier this fall, has recalled all of its products. Additionally, the Boston Globe reports that Ameridose will be shut down until at least next year due to an agreement by with Massachusetts state regulators. The fungal meningitis outbreak so far has infected 620 people, affected 19 states, and claimed a total of 39 lives according to the most recent Center for Disease Control statistics.

The Boston Globe reports that Ameridose initially agreed to close its doors back on October 10th but that its closure has been extended three times, leading many to believe the it suffers from the same deplorable conditions found at the New England Compounding Center. As a refresher, when the FDA entered the doors of the now shuttered New England Compounding Center back in early October, what they found was truly disturbing. They found bacteria, mold, fungus and bits of human hair within areas intended to be sterile. The FDA report on Ameridose is as equally gross. They found several types of vermin including bugs and even a bird flying around the sterile areas of the facility. It appears that it was only a matter of time until a major outbreak like the one we experienced this fall occurred.

While Ameridose and the New England Compounding Center are owned by the same entities, it is important to remember that they are only two of many drug-compounding pharmacies in the United States, including some in Illinois. These companies must be held to the highest standard of care, as they are responsible for much of the medicine offered to patients around the United States that rely on these drugs to keep them healthy, not make them sick or kill them. This negligence cannot go unpunished.

Our Chicago products liability lawyers understand the severity of major outbreaks, like the fungal meningitis outbreak we experienced this year. Medical malpractice attorneys, like the ones at our firm, are vital to ensure that doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and drug manufacturers act with the utmost care and concern for their patients. When these healthcare professionals and manufacturers fail to live up to the high standard of care that they owe their patients or consumers it can have disastrous effects. Our firm handles a wide variety of defective medication and device claims for clients in Chicago and across Illinois who have been injured by a negligent healthcare practitioner.

From filthy conditions at pharmaceutical corporations to doctors and nurses making life-changing mistakes, our attorneys are there to support you through your difficult time. Product liability lawsuits send a message to manufacturers that dangerous or defective products and medications will not be allowed in our marketplace.