Unfortunately, many years after implementation of routine vaccines that protect against most serious bacterial forms of the disease, meningitis has become a household word again in the United States. According to an update today, this summer and fall rare fungal meningitis infections have sickened at least 478 people and killed 34 patients who received epidural injections of an 80mg/ml preservative-free steroid (methylprednisolone acetate).
On Wednesday, November 21, 2012, after lawsuits had been filed by at least twelve victims of the tainted medication, a District Court Judge in Boston ruled on whether tofreeze almost half a billion dollars in assets related to New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy selling the injection painkillers in 23 states.
Stories reported day-by-day since the related drug recall have contained conflicting (and sometimes irrelevant) information about the health crisis. Parties linked to the disaster have also engaged in widespread finger-pointing, which hopelessly muddies the picture for most Americans. Below is an account of what is known today about the incident.
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