Family of Va. man who died of meningitis sues

Posted: 12/28/12 at 7:00 am EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The family of a Salem man who died in a meningitis outbreak from tainted steroid injections claims in a lawsuit that the Roanoke clinic that gave the shots lied to patients about the drug.

The family of Douglas Wingate claims in the $25 million lawsuit filed Thursday that Insight Imaging indicated on bills and other records that it used the federally approved Depo-Medrol when in fact it administered a high-risk drug produced by a small Massachusetts pharmacy.

More than 30 lawsuits already have been filed in the region by those who came down with meningitis after receiving the injections. But The Roanoke Times reported that the Wingate family's lawsuit contains the most detailed allegations against Insight.

Nationwide, 39 people have died and more than 600 gotten sick since September.

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