Meningitis Outbreak

A Trail Of Complaints At Pharmacy Linked To Meningitis Deaths

October 23, 2012

Newly released documents suggest a pattern of violations and modest, rather than strict, penalties for Framingham-based New England Compounding Center.

Meningitis Victims Face Long, Uncertain Recovery

October 20, 2012

Over 280 people nationwide are victims of an outbreak that began when a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy shipped contaminated medication. Twenty-three people have died.

State Extends Temporary Closure Of Affiliated Pharmacy

October 19, 2012

Westborough-based Ameridose is under the same ownership as the Framingham facility linked to the nationwide meningitis outbreak.

Boston Hospital Addresses Concerns About Possible Additional Contaminated Drugs

October 18, 2012

The chief medical officer of Tufts Medical Center addresses concerns that additional drugs made by a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a national meningitis outbreak may be contaminated.

FDA: Fungus In Tainted Steroids And Patients Match

October 18, 2012
A Food and Drug Administration agent stands at the doorway of New England Compounding Center in Framingham Tuesday as investigators work inside. (Bill Sikes/AP)

Officials have confirmed that a fungus behind a meningitis outbreak has also been found in unopened vials of steroid medication.

Meningitis Outbreak Ripples Through Hospitals

October 18, 2012

Dr. Padma Gulur, of MGH, says her patients are concerned but are continuing to receive treatment.

4 More Die In Nationwide Meningitis Outbreak

October 17, 2012

Health officials say four more people have died in the national meningitis outbreak, bringing the number of deaths to 19.

Criminal Investigators Visit Framingham Pharmacy In Meningitis Outbreak

October 16, 2012

Criminal investigators from the FDA are at the Massachusetts firm whose steroid medication has been linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.

How Did Steroids Get Contaminated?

October 16, 2012
The New England Compounding in Framingham, Mass. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Investigators have been tightlipped about any problems at the pharmacy or whether they have pinpointed the source of the contamination.

Former Regulator Calls For More Oversight Of Compounding Pharmacies

October 16, 2012
Vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak. (Minnesota Department of Health/AP)

One expert says the state needs more resources to police compounding pharmacies like the one linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.

FDA: Pharmacy’s Other Drugs May Be Causing Illness

October 15, 2012

Health officials want doctors to contact patients who got any injection made by the Framingham company and warn them of the risk of infection.

Conn. Sen. Calls For Tighter Regulation In Wake Of Meningitis Outbreak

October 15, 2012

We speak with Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal about the Framingham pharmacy suspected to be the center of the fungal meningitis outbreak across the country.

At CDC, Scientists Fight To Halt Deadly Outbreak

October 14, 2012
Shawn Lockhart looks at the meningitis-causing fungus Exserohilum rostratum at the mycotic lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 12, 2012 in Atlanta. (Pouya Dianat/AP)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says dozens of people are working day and night to control the meningitis outbreak.

Mass. Pharmacy Co-Founder Has Background In Recycling

October 13, 2012

The pharmacy linked to the nation’s deadly outbreak of meningitis is owned by two brothers-in-law who brought different but complementary skills to the venture.

Four Ill As Meningitis Outbreak Spreads To N.H.

October 13, 2012

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said four people are suffering from a rare form of fungal meningitis linked to a Massachusetts company.

Sen. Brown To Donate Funds From Pharmacy To Charity

October 11, 2012

The senator says he’ll donate campaign donations he received from executives at the compounding pharmacy suspected in a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.

Mass. Pharmacy Industry Resists Call For Stricter Regulation

October 11, 2012
Workers at J.E. Pierce Apothecary, a compounding pharmacy in Brookline. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Small compounding pharmacies around the state say more regulations will drive up costs and push more of their business to pharmacy chains.

2nd Firm Agrees To Temporary Shutdown In Meningitis Outbreak

October 10, 2012

A Westborough company run by the same executives who operated a specialty pharmacy linked to a fatal meningitis outbreak has agreed to temporarily shut down.

Patrick: Framingham Pharmacy May Have Misled Regulators

October 10, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick says the specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license.

Markey Bill Would Toughen Specialty Pharmacy Rules

October 10, 2012
New England Compounding in Framingham, Mass. (AP)

Rep. Ed Markey says he’ll introduce legislation to toughen the oversight of compounding pharmacies similar to the company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.

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