Meningitis Outbreak

Gov. Patrick Signs Compounding Pharmacy Bill

July 10, 2014

The legislation stemmed from a nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed on a tainted steroid produced by the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

Settlement Seeks $100M Fund For Meningitis Victims

May 06, 2014

Federal officials said the outbreak, blamed on a tainted steroid, sickened about 750 people in 20 states, with 64 deaths.

States Urged To Register Compounding Pharmacies

January 10, 2014

The federal government has sent letters to states and other stakeholders across the country calling on them to encourage compounding pharmacies to register as a producer of sterile drugs in an effort to protect the public.

Deal Would Create $100M Meningitis Victims’ Fund

December 23, 2013

Attorneys for creditors of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak say they’ve reached a preliminary settlement that would set up a victim compensation fund worth more than $100 million.

Mass., Michigan Join Forces On Meningitis Investigation

December 06, 2013
Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette address the media. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

State authorities in Michigan and federal authorities here in Massachusetts are now working together on investigations of the deadly meningitis outbreak blamed on a compounding pharmacy in Framingham.

Mich., Mass. To Coordinate Investigative Efforts Into Meningitis Outbreak

November 25, 2013

Authorities in Michigan and Massachusetts said Monday that they will coordinate their separate state and federal criminal investigations of a company that sold steroid injection materials linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds of people in 20 states.

Meningitis Victims Hope For Mass. Criminal Charges

November 25, 2013

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz will hold a news conference Monday to discuss a development in the investigation into the Framingham compounding pharmacy that made the steroid injections blamed for the fungal meningitis outbreak.

Congress Approves More Scrutiny For Compounding Pharmacies

November 18, 2013

Last year’s deadly meningitis outbreak was traced to a now-closed pharmacy in Framingham.

Mass. Senate OKs Compounding Pharmacy Crackdown

October 31, 2013

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously backed stricter regulations on drug compounding pharmacies like the one blamed for a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak.

Mass. House Lawmakers OK Compounding Pharmacy Crackdown

October 02, 2013

The stiffer regulations are aimed at drug compounding pharmacies like the one blamed for a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak.

Meningitis Victim’s Death May Not Be Recorded

September 03, 2013

CDC records from a meningitis outbreak blamed on contaminated steroids from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts show no deaths in January, but federal court filings show Gokulbhai Patel of Goodlettsville, Tenn. died Jan. 13.

Study: Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Inconsistent

August 01, 2013

The report comes after a national meningitis outbreak traced to a Framingham pharmacy killed dozens of people.

Mass. Panel Approves Compounding Pharmacy Bill

July 09, 2013

The industry came under scrutiny after a meningitis outbreak traced to tainted steroids produced at the now-shuttered pharmacy in Framingham killed 58 people.

Harvard Pilgrim To End Coverage Of Compounded Drugs

June 13, 2013

The decision comes months after a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak was traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

Court Filing Suggests Mass. Pharmacy Blamed For Meningitis Outbreak Misled Regulators

May 10, 2013

New England Compounding Center may have used patient lists from a Nashville clinic to mislead regulators. The fungal meningitis outbreak caused 55 deaths

Republicans: FDA Uncooperative In Meningitis Probe

February 02, 2013

A House committee is investigating whether the FDA could have prevented the deadly outbreak traced to a Framingham company.

Owners Of Pharmacy Tied To Meningitis Get High Pay

January 22, 2013

The four owners received more than $16 million in wages and payouts during the firm’s final months.

In Outbreak Wake, Patrick Proposes New Compounding Pharmacy Rules

January 04, 2013

The proposed regulations follow last year’s deadly meningitis outbreak linked to a Framingham pharmacy.

Pharmacy Linked To Meningitis Outbreak Blames Cleaning Company

January 04, 2013

The New England Compounding Center sent a letter to UniFirst Corp. demanding that it take legal responsibility for claims against the pharmacy.

Mass. Firm In Meningitis Case Files For Bankruptcy Protection

December 21, 2012

The company says in the filing it hopes to achieve a quicker and fairer payout to creditors than it could through piecemeal litigation.

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