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Report: Grand Jury Investigating Pharmacy In Meningitis Outbreak

BOSTON — A federal grand jury in Boston has been seated to investigate the Framingham compounding pharmacy that manufactured tainted steroid injections blamed for at least 36 deaths, according to a report.

The Boston Globe quotes several people familiar with the probe who say the grand jury has issued subpoenas to employees of the New England Compounding Center.

The sources, including one who has been called to testify, say subpoenas have also been issued for employees of Medical Sales Management of Framingham, which handled sales for the pharmacy.

A former Medical Sales Management salesman said he was interviewed Friday by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the sales and production practices of both companies.

The grand jury is expected to hear testimony from witnesses next week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 500 people in 19 states have developed meningitis after receiving medication produced by the NECC.

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  • ERROL BROWN

    Drugs that are not tainted kill you so whats the big deal. These ignorant people that thought medical doctors actually heal have died and are sick. Maybe some others will learn a lesson from all this and avoid the doctor like the plague that they are. doctors heal nothing,drugs heal nothing. Wake up realize we are all being led to the slaughter.

    • MayCauseDeath

      Well said. Medicine is a game of incentives for every party involved, in the end the patient gets screwed. Especially if they’ve got a insurer ready to pay for whatever the doctor thinks is wrong. And big pharma is about creating dependencies, not cures. Does anyone actually believe they’re searching for permanent solutions anymore? Look at how they’ve lobbied to have all natural/homeopathic treatments banned. Just ask yourself where their priorities truly lie.

    • maskirovka

      You people are absolutely shatbit insane. I cannot count the number of times my life has been saved by antibiotics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scmiceli Steve Miceli

    I HOPE THEY ROT IN PRISON WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER.

  • Rascal Flatts

    Somebody quick…..give Errol a shot……foe bourbon

  • pharmD

    The greed associated with this case is just sad, making sure your facility is up to date and doing routine testing of your lots is something that costs money yes but needed. I would have never worked for a place like this no wonder they had troubles keeping pharmacists, as one I would never be able to live with myself if I signed off on a batch and knew there was a possibility that it was not safe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eszanto Edit Szanto

    Many people constantly complain about how regulations stifle free enterprise. There are valid reasons for strict regulations. These sad cases show what business is capable of doing when left unchecked.

  • K-Dawg

    After back pain off and on for two yrs. the pain became debilitating. I was off work for 8 wks. An MRI showed two bulging discs, physical therapy wasn’t helping much and I was on five different pain meds. five times a day. I received two steroid injections, one at each disc and about 2 wks later I went back to work. A couple months later the reports come out about the contaminated steroids…….I was notified that I had received contaminated injections. I have had no problems connected to the injections, I am very fortunate. That being said, after reading many reports and articles about the the negligence and criminal activity of NECC I think manslaughter charges should be the least of charges brought against these people.

  • mrnacly

    Greed, arrogance, and a lack of regulatory oversight are the causes of this calamity. NECC had other brushes with meningitis tainted drugs, but settled out of court for “undisclosed” sums of money. You’d think if you had already infected someone with meningitis from your drug manufacturing operation, you’d put safeguards in place to avoid recurrence going forward. They didn’t; they lined their pockets with obscene wealth and flaunted it like they were kings.

    The owners have expanded their local and vacation residences with upgrades and features fit for a king. They had forsaken safety in favor of their own greed and opulence and now the chickens have come home to roost. Yes, they all should and likely will rot in prison until the end of time. A company that is barely 10 years old has close to $450 MILLION in assets that the Feds are trying freeze. 10 years old and $450MM in assets? Who makes money like that? Let’s see; Bernie Madoff had that kind of money; so did Dennis Kozlowski of TYCO; and…hey wait a minute…they’re all in jail rotting. Hmmm, maybe there’s a pattern here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irwin-Busk/100002798815577 Irwin Busk

    Kneejerk reaction. Too little, too late. Based on posturing politicians and bureaucrats.

  • thecrud

    A lot of good that does the dead. How can anyone trust anyone in the medical industry if this was known and allowed to go on.
    I might be with China on this one Death penalty. Then the other might think twice about killing people. Aint that how and why we have a death penalty.

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