Posted in Crime, Health, Life, Pain

Nov 5th 2012: Worst Day of My Life: Fungal Meningitis Diagnosis

My life was changed completely after receiving an Epidural Steroid Injection on September 25, 2012. I lost my health and my ability to work as a result of the contaminated steroid. Contaminated with fungus — black mold.

 

After a month spent going to the Emergency Room 6 or 7 times, I was finally diagnosed with fungal meningitis. I say finally because I was in major pain from head to toe. Apparently fungi spores take a long time to grow so MRIs and lumbar punctures were coming up negative.  

 

I retained a law firm once I was officially informed that I had fungal meningitis. My son, Justin (An attorney and judge.) located a reputable and aggressive law firm. 

 

This is what was growing inside my spinal fluid.

 

 Mold Grows in Patient's Spinal Fluid

 

 

 

NECC closed down in 2012 after it was tied to the outbreak and inspections found serious sterility issues at its Framingham, MA, plant. It filed for bankruptcy protection in December. A bankruptcy judge ordered the owners to keep their hands off about $21 million they received in salary and shareholder distributions in 2012 that were only recently uncovered, Reuters reported. The private company’s largest shareholder,

 

Carla Conigliaro, extracted nearly $9 million from the company last year. And MSN News quoted court documents that show the owners received more than $70.5 million in payouts over the last 6 years. NECC said much of the money distributed last year was to cover taxes. Right! They needed 70 million for taxes. I sincerely doubt that is an honest explanation.

 

There was no shame nor concern for the health and lives of the patients who received these contaminated injections. They have a Me-first attitude which explains some of their heinous and despicable actions. Three years later victims of these awful people continue to have health issues that may never be resolved. This sort of thing should never happen. Ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Crime, Health, Justice

I Am A Victim of NECC

Mold Grows in Patient's Spinal Fluid
Mold Grows in Patient’s Spinal Fluid

Fortunately for all victims of NECC (New England Compounding Company) our justice system does work albeit slower than molasses in January. Because I “have been identified by law enforcement” at the federal level, I receive advance information on all conferences, meetings and court dates associated with the trial of the 14 people under indictment by the FBI.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case, multiple criminal acts were continuously and knowingly committed by NECC while manufacturing drugs over many years. As a victim I have suffered physically, emotionally and mentally after being injected with an epidural steroid contaminated with fungus. The black mold variety. So it should be fairly easy to understand my eagerness with seeing justice served in the impending criminal cases.

The Killer Pharmacy
NECC: The Killer Pharmacy

Today an interim status conference will be held before Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal. In addition to the previously scheduled interim status conferences set for September 3, 2015 and November 5, 2105 at 11:30 a.m. before Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal, additional court dates have been scheduled.

A status hearing is scheduled before Judge Jennifer Boal for December 3, 2015, 02:30 PM at Courtroom 14, John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA for defendant(s) Glenn A. Chin, Barry J. Cadden, Gene Svirskiy, Christopher M. Leary, Joseph M. Evanosky, Scott M. Connolly, Sharon P. Carter, Alla V. Stepanets, Gregory A. Conigliaro, Robert A. Ronzio, Kathy S. Chin, Michelle L. Thomas, Carla R. Conigliaro, Douglas A. Conigliaro. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there are issues that the Court needs to address and to schedule any necessary future court dates.

A status hearing is scheduled before Judge Jennifer Boal for January 7, 2016, 02:30 PM at Courtroom 14, John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA for defendant(s) Glenn A. Chin, Barry J. Cadden, Gene Svirskiy, Christopher M. Leary, Joseph M. Evanosky, Scott M. Connolly, Sharon P. Carter, Alla V. Stepanets, Gregory A. Conigliaro, Robert A. Ronzio, Kathy S. Chin, Michelle L. Thomas, Carla R. Conigliaro, Douglas A. Conigliaro. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there are issues that the Court needs to address and to schedule any necessary future court dates.

A trial date has been scheduled for April 4, 2016 before Judge Richard Stearns. A pretrial status conference has been scheduled for February 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Richard Stearns. As the trial date draws near you will receive victim assistance information about the trial process and procedures.

Posted in Crime, Fungal Meningitis, Health, Justice, Pain

NECC: Killer Pharmacy

Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case

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From Newsweek’s Article

“On September 24, 2010, a seemingly innocuous exchange of business cards during the Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center Association trade show held in Franklin, Tennessee initiated a sequence of events which would lead to “horrific, tortuous deaths of the first victims in a mass killing that trailed from New England to Tennessee, from Michigan to North Carolina.

Ironically, that exchange of business cards occurred nearly two years to the day (September 25, 2012) when I was injected with an epidural steroid contaminated with fungus. Black mold. The kind of mold that requires a thorough cleaning and detoxification should it get into a home due to flooding. I didn’t die, obviously, but my health along with my occupation (which had defined me for nearly 30 years) was stolen from me. Far worse, 64 lives were stolen. Ripped from loved ones due to unimaginable greed and disregard for human life displayed by the actions of NECC (New England Compounding Center).

This was the worst U.S. public health disaster ever according to the CDC. I live in Michigan which is the state hardest hit by fungal meningitis. If this were a natural disaster, our state would have been granted funds to clean up the mess. After nearly three years, victims are still paying the price. Jobs lost, health compromised as well as continued need for medical intervention. Damage caused by fungal meningitis and/or the anti-fungal medication (side effects similar to chemotherapy as well as possible kidney or liver damage) still impact victims.

NECC was the culprit but federal and state regulators, those agencies put in place by government to protect citizens, did not adequately perform their job. Agencies too often overrun by bureaucracy, complacency or lacking the power to enforce regulations.

From Newsweek’s Article:

Despite the scale of the killings and the scope of the investigations, the inside story of the events that led to the lethal outbreak and its discovery is being told for the first time here. Newsweek’s examination of the NECC deaths was pieced together from emails, order forms, investigators’ notes, drug company and court records, and sworn statements of participants, as well as interviews with people connected to the case.”

Posted in Crime, Justice, Life

Civil Rights

At the Golden Globes Awards comedian Tina Fey remarked, “The movie, “Selma” is about the American Civil Rights movement . . . that totally worked and now everything is fine.

An obviously clueless man recently commented:
“It’s nice to know that we live in a country where the police no longer racially profile, where people in the African American community feel trust in the government, where prejudice and bigotry are no more.”

Yet we regularly hear in the news of human rights violations not just in “third world countries” but our own. For example: (and there are many from which to choose)

In 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida by neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, supposedly in self-defense.

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Brown, 18 years old, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer. There continues to be unrest and distrust of the police force in Ferguson.

April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, was taken into police custody. He died one week later after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody.

In each instance there were protests and marches determined to see justice done. Those who had committed acts of violence against African American young men need to be held accountable. It’s especially egregious when this violence occurs while in police custody. These incidents serve as examples of bigotry and racial bias before, during and after a young black man has encountered those sworn to protect the rights of all citizens.

Sadly, this latest event has shown that protests and marches are not only essential, but required to ensure those in power will seek justice for those who are typically under-represented by our justice system. A working judicial system would not require protests and marches to ensure justice will take place in the court of law.

Now a half century since the Civil Rights Movement much has been accomplished but it’s obvious there is still much to be done. Much more must change before the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. becomes more than a hope and a prayer. After Obama became president, I was foolish enough to believe this was a turning point in racial relations in America. However, with a Republican-lead Congress determined to never allow Obama’s programs to see the light of day, it is obvious our society has much to learn about equality.

Citizens believing in equality for all must take a stand. We should not leave this aburden for those who daily encounter prejudice and bigotry.

An excellent article on our wayward justice system can be read here:

Justice System Still Doesn’t Work

An article about inequality in Baltimore from the unique viewpoint of a reporter who’s “been there and done that” is required reading for all who claim to want equal rights for all. Check it out here:

What you really need to know about Baltimore, from a reporter who’s lived there for over 30 years.