60 Minutes Investigates Role of Massachusetts Drug Compounder NECC in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Targeted by Four BWMK Lawsuits
CBS News 60 Minutes reporter Scott Pelley will investigate New England Compounding Center (NECC) of Framingham, Massachusetts – the source of tainted pain medication that caused a fungal meningitis outbreak which has so far killed 48 Americans and sickened hundreds more. The report will air on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central time.
Elizabeth A. Kaveny, name partner in noted Chicago plaintiffs’ law firm Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny (BWMK), was one of the first attorneys in the country to file suit against NECC in Massachusetts on behalf of a number of individuals who were victims in the still-growing outbreak of fungal meningitis traced to contaminated steroid injections. Ms. Kaveny is lead attorney in four such cases, and several of her clients participated in interviews for the program (although it is not yet definite that they will appear in the final 60 Minutes report.
Since September 2012 more than 700 people in 20 states, including 48 who have died, developed fungal meningitis and other infections due to spinal injections of contaminated steroids supplied by NECC. All cases against NECC, including Ms. Kaveny’s pioneering cases that were among the first to be filed, will be handled in the District of Massachusetts by the Honorable F. Dennis Saylor IV. Ms. Kaveny is seeking monetary damages and criminal penalties against the company and its agents on behalf of her clients contracted fungal meningitis as a direct result of the steroid produced by NECC.
More information on Ms. Kaveny’s fungal meningitis representation is available here.