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Settlement Reached With Pharmacy Responsible for Meningitis Outbreak

You likely remember the meningitis outbreak that occurred last year that was linked to contaminated steroid pain shots.  That outbreak killed at least 64 people, and 751 people were sickened in 20 states.  The Massachusetts-based pharmacy at the center of that catastrophe is now bankrupt and out of business, but its owners and insurers are likely set to pay $100 million in a settlement with victims and their families that were affected by the outbreak.

Michigan Hard-Hit by Outbreak

Michigan was one of the states hardest hit by the outbreak, with 264 cases and 19 deaths.  Individuals were administered injections at clinics in Macomb, Livingston, Genesee and Grand Traverse Counties.  One tragic example was that of a 88-year-old Mid-Michigan resident who died following an injection.  Mary Plettl got an injection on August 16 and developed abscesses and tremors that eventually led to her death on November 3.

Settlement Pending Judge’s Approval

The settlement must still be approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Henry Boroff in Boston before funds can be distributed.  In addition, under the settlement terms, the former pharmaceutical company denies any wrongdoing or liability.  Victims can submit claims but must do so by 4 p.m. on January 15.  More information can be found at www.donlinrecano.com/cases/proofofclaim/necp.  Unfortunately, it will take months for the court approval to take place and money to be distributed to those eligible, but it is a step in the right direction in getting justice for the victims and their families.

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