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Meningitis death leads to lawsuit
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A $50 million lawsuit has been filed by the family of a local woman who died from meningitis after being injected with a tainted drug provided by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.“These aren’t just lawsuits. These are people’s lives,” said attorney Michael Galligan in filing the suit in Nashville Circuit Court on behalf of Bertrum Walker Bryant Jr., for his late wife Margaret Rhea Bryant.Mrs. Bryant died at 74 on Sept. 18 at St. Thomas Hospital where she was under treatment for a mysterious illness which befell her shortly after receiving an injection from the tainted pharmaceutical. The drug, methylprednisolone acetate (an injectable steroid), was reportedly not FDA approved and was used to treat back pain.“She suffered tremendous pain and suffering and died an untimely and premature death,” the lawsuit against New England Compounding Center reads.