Meningitis Outbreak

States Urged To Register Compounding Pharmacies

January 10, 2014

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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)

BOSTON — 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

DETROIT — 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

BOSTON — 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

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

Mass. Senate OKs Compounding Pharmacy Crackdown

October 31, 2013

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — 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

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

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