Unlucky thirteen. At least that’s the case for Salem, Virginia resident Joshua Mowles, who has become the thirteenth person to file a personal injury claim against the New England Compounding Center after contracting meningitis from tainted steroid injections, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
Mowles received the steroid treatments at Insight Imaging, an outpatient clinic in Roanoke, VA in June and September of this year.
The claim, filed Monday in Roanoke Circuit Court against both NECC and Insight Imaging, states that, “shortly thereafter, he became seriously ill. Mowles developed viral meningitis, a fungal infection and related sequellae, serious headaches and nausea.”
While many lawsuits have sought millions in financial restitution, Mowles is asking for $500,000 or more to cover compensatory and punitive damages.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 people have died as a result of the defective drugs, while 541 people across 19 sates have become ill. There have so far been two deaths and 51 sicknesses in the state of Virginia.
We will continue to update you as this story progresses.