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Lanier Law Firm Attorney Rick Meadow says Meningitis Deaths Highlight Concerns Over Pharmacy Safety
October 15, 2012 8:49 am

With reports that 12 people have died from a rare form of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid shots, new questions should be raised about how pharmacies mix and dispense drugs, says New York attorney Rick Meadow, head of The Lanier Law Firm's Pharmaceutical Litigation Division. Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported more than 100 cases of fungal meningitis stemming from compounded versions of an injectable steroid manufactured by a single specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. "This outbreak demonstrates the need for government oversight of pharmacies that mix compounds and ship them to unsuspecting consumers throughout the country," says Meadow, who has represented numerous clients injured or killed by defective or contaminated drugs. Officials estimate as many as 13,000 people across 23 states may have been exposed to the tainted drugs. "Congress must get involved to expand the power of the FDA to regulate this dangerous industry," Meadow says. For more information, contact Alan Bentrup at 800-559-4534 or

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