HOWELL (WWJ/AP) – A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit involving a Michigan clinic and a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 750 people in 20 states.
The $10.5 million deal reached Friday in Livingston County Circuit Court covers 311 patients of Michigan Pain Specialists, according to The Livingston Daily Press & Argus.
Patients of the Genoa Township clinic were injected with tainted steroids for pain. The steroid solution was mixed at a center in Framingham, Massachusetts, and shipped to other states.
The Michigan patients and their survivors will share in the $10.5 million settlement.
Randy Hackney, an attorney for the Michigan clinic, called the settlement “fair.”
The patients also are covered under a $210 million settlement involving the Massachusetts center.
According to health officials, data showed that infected patients received injection with preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), located in Framingham, Mass.
On Sept. 25, 2012, the NECC recalled three lots of product associated with known cases of fungal meningitis. Four Michigan facilities received shipments of the contaminated steroids, which were used in injections for neck or back pain.
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