Va. meningitis victims suing Mass. pharmacy
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Separate lawsuits seeking a total of $15 million have been filed in Virginia against a Massachusetts pharmacy that is at the center of an outbreak of rare fungal meningitis.
The lawsuits name New England Compounding Center. They were filed Wednesday by two back pain patients who said they contracted fungal meningitis after receiving injections of a tainted steroid made by the company.
Eighty-year-old Basil Proffitt’s attorney filed a $5 million action in Roanoke after his attorney said the Salem man became ‘‘deathly ill.’’ The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/QrZMui ) reports that a $10 million claim was filed by Mary Radford. Both received the shots at a Roanoke clinic.
An outbreak of fungal meningitis has killed at least 15 people nationally, including two in Virginia. Thirty-seven have become sickened in Virginia.