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Injured by a medical compounder? File a lawsuit, part 1

Last month we talked about the meningitis outbreak that has been affecting New York and many other states in the country. An out-of-state pharmaceutical compounder has been linked to the disaster, which has led to numerous illnesses and deaths, but it was only recently that the pharmacy's license was permanently revoked, along with the top three pharmacists' at the compounder. Though this was the first time that a compounder was permanently closed, it was not the first time a compounder has been linked to tainted drugs.

According to USA Today, this is not surprising. After going through many of the other reports of tainted pharmaceutical compounds, it appears that many grave cases of tainted drugs have been met with no or lackluster federal and state responses. More often than not, the real punishment of compounders comes through personal injury lawsuits.

No one in New York deserves to be injured by a medication. The assumption is that when a hospital or doctor administers a drug that it will be sterile, the appropriate strength and the correct compound. Unfortunately, it appears that there have been more and more negligent mistakes and reckless failures within the compounding industry, failures that not even medical professionals know about. Fortunately, personal injury lawsuits can be used to compensate wrongfully harmed patients and punish the compounders responsible.

So far there have been three personal injury lawsuits filed against the now-closed pharmaceutical compounder linked to this meningitis outbreak, but it is only a matter of time before more lawsuits come flooding in. Current estimates report more than 300 cases of fungal meningitis following the use of tainted steroids.

Source: USA Today, "Harsh punishments rare for drug compounding mistakes," Peter Eisler, Nov. 1, 2012

Our firm handles cases of tainted drugs like those found in this meningitis outbreak. If you want to learn more about our process and how we work with victims of dangerous products, please visit our website.

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