Company Recalls Steroids Linked to Meningitis Outbreak


New England Compounding Pharmacy, which is being investigated for a possible connection between vials of steroids it produces and the recent meningitis outbreak that has killed at least eight people and sickened more than 100, on Tuesday recalled all of its products.

The outbreak has grown to nine states and was linked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to contaminated steroids used for back pain treatment and sold by the Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Pharmacy; compounding pharmacies blend mixtures of medications that are typically not otherwise available for sale. The company shipped more than 17,000 single-dose vials of steroids to facilities in 23 states from July to September, according to information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

These potentially defective medications may have been contaminated with a virus or bacteria that cause meningitis. Meningitis is an inflammation of the brain lining and spinal cord that is generally the result of a viral or bacterial infection.

So far, meningitis cases that may be associated with the steroids have shown up in the following states:

  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Maryland
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota

If you or a family member became ill after using a defective medication or medical device, a product liability attorney may be able to help you fight for the financial compensation you need for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

If you or a loved one developed meningitis or another illness after using a defective steroid or other faulty pharmaceutical, please contact for a free case evaluation and to locate an experienced product liability attorney near you.