Meningitis Outbreak

Mass. Acts Against 3 Compounding Pharmacies After Inspections

December 06, 2012

The unannounced inspections were ordered in the wake of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Framingham pharmacy.

Meningitis Victims Can Likely Inspect Framingham Pharmacy

December 06, 2012

Outbreak victims are requesting an exhaustive inspection and testing at the facility

Report: Grand Jury Investigating Pharmacy In Meningitis Outbreak

December 01, 2012

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.

Mass. GOP Lawmakers Call For Health Secretary’s Resignation

November 29, 2012

The call for JudyAnn Bigby’s resignation follows the state drug lab scandal and the meningitis outbreak.

Consumer Watchdog Asks FDA To Revisit Compounding Firms

November 29, 2012

The group wants the FDA to revisit 16 compounding pharmacies that received warning letters from the agency between 2003 and 2012.

Hospital Pharmacies Step Up Compounding Efforts In Wake Of Meningitis Outbreak

November 28, 2012
The "clean room" at Massachusetts General Hospital's central pharmacy. (Fred Bever/WBUR)

Physicians and pharmacists at MGH are hopeful the hospital’s drug management and compounding effort will lead to improved prescribing practices.

Judge Freezes Some NECC Assets; More Tainted Steroids Found

November 22, 2012

A federal judge is restricting some of the assets of the New England Compounding Center, but has rejected a request to freeze them completely.

Tenn. Health Officials Warn Of Local Infection

November 21, 2012

Tennessee health officials will contact hundreds of people who received steroid injections for back pain from a pharmacy linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak.

Mass. Rule Would Allow Drug Sharing In Crisis

November 21, 2012

State public health regulators have approved a new rule allowing hospitals to share compounded medications in the event of future drug shortages.

Meningitis Victims Ask Judge To Freeze Assets

November 20, 2012

Lawyers for the NECC argued freezing assets would be a radical move so early after the suits were filed.

Coakley: Time To Fix Corporate Manslaughter Law

November 17, 2012

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley says the deadly meningitis outbreak linked to a Framingham company illustrates why a nearly 200-year-old corporate manslaughter statute should be updated.

Conn. Sen. Blumenthal: Failure Of Oversight In Meningitis Outbreak

November 15, 2012

We speak with Connecticut’s senator, following a second day of congressional hearings on the nationwide outbreak.

Interim Mass. Official Testifies At U.S. Senate On Outbreak

November 15, 2012

Dr. Lauren Smith said action should have been taken against the Framingham pharmacy at the center of the meningitis outbreak.

Lawmakers Seek Answers After Meningitis Outbreak

November 15, 2012

In her testimony in Washington, Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby called the outbreak “one of the greatest health care tragedies” in memory.

Questions Remain After Meningitis Hearings

November 15, 2012

For a closer look at Wednesday’s meningitis outbreak hearings, and what questions remain, Harvard’s Daniel Carpenter, who specializes in regulatory law, joined WBUR.

Owner Of Meningitis-Linked Pharmacy Takes Fifth

November 14, 2012
New England Compounding Center President, co-owner and Director of Pharmacy Barry Cadden is sworn in before a congressional committee on Capitol Hill Wednesday. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Barry Cadden told lawmakers he would use his Fifth Amendment right to not answer questions in order to avoid self-incrimination.

Sec. Bigby: Meningitis Outbreak A ‘Disaster’ That Was ‘Preventable’

November 14, 2012

Recently released documents show that over the past decade the state did not aggressively pursue action against the center, despite complaints.

Anger, Embarrassment At Mass. Hearing On Meningitis Outbreak

November 14, 2012

Massachusetts lawmakers grilled Patrick administration leaders and regulators about what went wrong in the oversight of a pharmacy at the center of a meningitis outbreak.

Mass. DPH: Not Clear Why Board Backed Off Penalty

November 14, 2012

In 2004, the company protested that a penalty could destroy its business, and in 2006, the pharmacy board agreed to impose far weaker action for reasons that remain unclear.

FDA Previously Questioned Work Of Framingham Pharmacy

November 13, 2012

Hearings get underway Wednesday at the Massachusetts State House and in Washington to look into the fungal meningitis outbreak that originated at a Framingham compounding pharmacy.

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