The Associated Press

2nd Firm Agrees To Temporary Shutdown In Meningitis Outbreak

BOSTON — A Massachusetts company run by the same executives who operated a specialty pharmacy linked to a fatal meningitis outbreak has agreed to temporarily shut down for inspection by state and federal regulators.

Ameridose is located in Westborough. The New England Compounding Center, which produced a steroid linked to the outbreak, is in Framingham. Both firms are run by Barry Cadden and Greg Conigliaro.

Ameridose provides sterile medication in prefilled oral syringes to about 3,000 hospitals nationwide. It opened its doors in 2006, eight years after NECC opened.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says Ameridose agreed to the shutdown until inspections by state regulators and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are completed.

There is no recall of Ameridose products.

The outbreak has sickened 137 people in 10 states. Twelve have died.

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  • Jaspr

    Outbreak. (1) a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption: the outbreak of war. (2) a sudden and active manifestation: an outbreak of hives.
    When you use “outbreak” in this story, you sound ignorant. It’s not an outbreak. It’s a contaminated product like peanut butter. It’s a tainted product like the milk from China. It’s not like an outbreak of measles in the general population. It’s contained to a drug that was distributed to specific health care providers and given to specific individuals. It’s not “spreading” either.  No one can catch it from someone else.  New cases are coming to light.  More victims are being discovered.  It didn’t just suddenly break out, and it’s not spreading anywhere. Please use  different words or phrases.

    • michael

      Why are we even discussing semantics? Sure this article could have used better risk communication, but sometimes the best way to explain something can’t be summed up in one word. The article delivered what it needed to in a concise matter. 

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