Meningitis Outbreak Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN: A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Minnesota woman who claims she received tainted injections of the steroid blamed for a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. The lawsuit is Barbe Puro v. New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, No. 12-2605.

The case filed in federal court in Minnesota says the victim, Barbe Puro, of Savage, MN, experienced headaches and nausea after receiving the steroid shots. According to the lawsuit, Puro suffered "bodily harm, emotional distress, and other personal injuries" after she received the steroid injection on September 17.

The contaminated steroid injections were recalled on September 26 by Framingham, MA based compounding pharmacy, New England Compounding Center (NECC). As many as 14,000 individuals may have received the tainted injections which were distributed to medical facilities across 23 states. To date, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 14 deaths associated with the contaminated steroid.

The menigitis class action lawsuit proposes a class comprised of Minnesota residents who may have received tainted steroid injections since June of this year. According to the CDC, there have been three cases of fungal meningitis reported in Minnesota connected to the contaminated steroid injections.

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