Dozens sue pharmacy, but compensation uncertain

9:39 AM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
Patient receives Meningitis vaccination/AP
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By Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Dennis O'Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, exhaustion and trouble with his speech and attention.

He estimates the disease has cost him and his wife thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses and her lost wages, including time spent on 6-hour round trip weekly visits to the hospital. They've filed a lawsuit seeking $4 million in damages from the Massachusetts pharmacy that supplied the steroid injections, but it could take years for them to get any money back and they may never get enough to cover their expenses.

His is one of at least 50 federal lawsuits in nine states that have been filed against NECC.

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