Meningitis Outbreak

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.

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.

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