Lawsuit filed in Indiana meningitis outbreak
Hoosiers may have received tainted meds
Last Updated: 243 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Attorneys in Indiana filed a lawsuit Friday against the company that manufactured the contaminated steroid shots linked to the meningitis outbreak.
Starr Austen and Miller, LLP attorneys were the first to file the suit in Indiana against New England Compounding Center following the deaths of several Hoosiers.
Plaintiff Natalie Copass said she was being treated for back pain at the Well Spring Clinic in Columbus and may have been exposed to meningitis.
"She received three steroid epidural injections into her back for back pain. She was contacted then by letter saying that she had received the three shots from the tainted lot that had been manufactured by a company in New England," said attorney Mark Fryman Jr. "She's a regular person who was seeking relief for a pretty common condition of lower back pain, and now she may have been infected with a deadly disease."
Copass said she is showing symptoms of the fungal infection.
"There's a very wide range of effects from the injection: everything from people who have mild discomfort to death. And right now Natalie is in a wait and see mode," Fryman said.
Thirty-five cases of meningitis and two deaths linked to the steroid injections have been reported in Indiana.
The New England Compounding Center has 30 days to answer the complaint.
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