FDA Reports Conditions Observed at New England Compounding Center That Produced Meningitis Causing Steroid Injections

This past Friday, October 26, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a copy of the FDA Form 483 issued to the New England Compounding Center (NECC) that produced contaminated steroid injections and triggered an FDA investigation of a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak among patients who received the injections. The FDA observed and has since confirmed contaminated products and listed a number of observations regarding conditions at NECC’s Framingham, Massachusetts facility.

The investigators observed problems with NECC’s ability to maintain its clean room, which is the enclosed space that is designed and maintained to have a controlled environment … Read the rest

New York City Council Moves to Expand Regulation of Pedicabs to Avoid Rate Gouging

Approximately two years ago the New York City Council imposed comprehensive regulations upon pedicabs which had been operating with almost no rules and endangering the safety of riders, pedestrians and others. The closest those regulations came to controlling pedicab rates was requiring that a rate card be posted, but not limiting how much could be charged. But with a Texas family being charged $442.00 for a 14-block ride in a pedicab, that could change. Whereas before pedicabs had the option of charging by time, the law may be changed to prohibit all other formulas and to set a mandatory fee … Read the rest

Fungal Meningitis-Tainted Epidural Steroid Injections More Than Just a Pain in the Neck

Many of our clients suffer from intractable neck pain and face difficult risk-laden choices as to how to try to obtain relief from their debilitating symptoms. For example, many are given the option of undergoing surgery, which could potentially result in paralysis, or first trying a series of epidural injections. Patients are usually told that the injections may not work, but now they have something more to fear: life-threatening fungal meningitis. The latest report is that there are 119 cases of people who were infected from contaminated steroid injections (preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml)). 11 people have died and many others … Read the rest

Super Bowl Stress Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits

The claimant’s deceased husband suffered a heart attack and died on Super Bowl Sunday of 2010 while working as acting store manager of a Waldbaum’s supermarket in Roberts v. Waldbaum’s, 513795, 2012 WL 4449387 (3d Dept., September 27, 2012). Claimant applied for workers’ compensation death benefits alleging that the heart attack (myocardial infarction) was triggered by the stress and excitement resulting from the responsibility of running the entire store on Super Bowl Sunday, an historically busy day at the store. Also, several hours earlier decedent was involved in an altercation with an irate customer. The Appellate Division upheld the … Read the rest