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Woman Sues Over Contaminated Injection

March 11th, 2014

Michelle Ellzey of Louisiana wasn’t feeling well on December 26, 2012, so she stopped in at the Pelican State Outpatient Center for a checkup. Reporting aches, fatigue and congestion, she was quickly diagnosed by Dr. James Paterson as having an upper respiratory infection and prescribed a provided with an injection of a medication called DepoMedrol, manufactured by Main Street Pharmacy. The injection was administered by an unnamed physician in the employ of the outpatient center. The medication that the doctor prescribed is a corticosteroid often used for the treatment of arthritic conditions, but also used to relieve inflammatory reactions to respiratory infections such as what Ms. Ellzey was experiencing.

When she returned home she began experiencing pain and swelling at the injection site and returned to the outpatient center out of her concern. When she arrived she was seen by Dr. Jorge Contreras, who examined her and informed her that she was fine – that with no skin discoloration or fever the pain was normal and not a cause for concern, and that there was no infection. Months later in July of 2013 she received a letter informing her that the drug she had received in the injection was contaminated and had been recalled. Ten months after having received the injection, in October of 2013, she required the surgical removal of an infectious mass at the injection site. It had originally been thought to have been a tumor, and was caused by the injection. Now she is suing both doctors as well as the doctor who administered the injection, the outpatient center itself and the pharmacy that prepared the contaminated medication for medical malpractice and product liability. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, fear, worry, and concern.

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Gavin P. Lentz, Esq.
Bochetto & Lentz

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