14 people charged in meningitis outbreak

Murder charges filed against individuals connected with tainted steroid injections.

The Detroit Free Press has reported that 14 individuals have been charged in a criminal investigation related to the meningitis outbreak in 2012. Charges range from second-degree murder to racketeering.

Allegations include using expired ingredients in drugs, failing to properly sterilize drugs, and failing to test drugs to make sure they were sterile. Pharmacy technicians may have even been instructed to lie on cleaning logs.

More than 750 people in 20 states were sickened after they contracted fungal meningitis and other illnesses from tainted steroids. Michigan had a total of 23 deaths. Tainted steroids were confirmed in Macomb, Livingston, Genesee, and Grand Traverse counties.

A $100 million settlement fund has been created to compensate victims and their families.

Epidural steroid injections

Steroid injections have been used for many years to treat work-related back and neck injuries. It can temporarily relieve pain and inflammation while individuals participate in other types of rehabilitation.

We hope this awful incident does not discourage our clients from seeking appropriate medical care. Steroid injections are considered relatively safe and a good treatment option. Speak with your doctor if you have any concerns.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.

Related information:

$100 million settlement for meningitis victims

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