Lawmakers seeking Justice Dept. probe of pharmacy

October 16, 2012

(AP)—U.S. legislators want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the company linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak violated federal laws or regulations.

Rep. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, told the department in a letter that New England Compounding Center may have tried to skirt federal policy on the sale and distribution of controlled substances.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, also has asked the Justice Department to launch a into the outbreak, which is linked to steroid shots distributed by NECC.

A spokesman for Framingham, Mass.-based NECC had no comment on Markey's letter but says the company is cooperating in ongoing probes by other agencies.

The says 233 illnesses, including 15 deaths, in 15 states are linked to the outbreak.

Explore further: 2nd firm agrees to temporary shutdown in outbreak

shares

Related Stories

2nd firm agrees to temporary shutdown in outbreak

October 10, 2012
(AP)—A Massachusetts company run by the same executives who operated a specialty pharmacy linked to a fatal meningitis outbreak has agreed to temporarily shut down for inspection by state and federal regulators.

CDC: Meningitis outbreak death toll rises to 7

October 6, 2012
(AP)—Health officials say the death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven.

Mass. gov: Drug firm may have misled regulators

October 10, 2012
(AP)—Massachusetts 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.

US pharmacy linked to outbreak issues wide recall

October 7, 2012
(AP)—The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure.

Meningitis outbreak toll: 119 cases, 11 deaths

October 9, 2012
(AP)—The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths.

13,000 got suspect steroid shots; risk uncertain

October 8, 2012
(AP)—As many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a U.S. meningitis outbreak, health officials said Monday. But it's not clear how many are in danger.

Recommended for you

Scientists a step closer to predicting epidemics

July 13, 2018
Ecologists at the University of Georgia have taken an important step in their efforts to develop an early warning system for infectious disease outbreaks.

Researchers identify target for novel malaria vaccine

July 13, 2018
A Yale-led team of researchers have created a vaccine that protects against malaria infection in mouse models, paving the way for the development of a human vaccine that works by targeting the specific protein that parasites ...

Higher income and being married protect older people from broken bones

July 13, 2018
Research led by scientists from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU) at the University of Southampton has shown that a higher income and being married reduces the risk of experiencing a broken ...

Gammaherpesviruses linked to tumors in macaques with simian immunodeficiency virus

July 12, 2018
Viruses known as gammaherpesviruses may raise the risk of cancer in macaques infected with Simian Immunodeficiency Virus or Simian Human Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV/SHIV), according to new research published by Vickie Marshall ...

Scientists find protein exploited by virus ravaging West Africa

July 12, 2018
A research team from several institutions being led by the University of California San Diego has deciphered a key component behind a rising epidemic of pathogens that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently added to ...

How a Mediterranean diet could reduce osteoporosis

July 11, 2018
Eating a Mediterranean-type diet could reduce bone loss in people with osteoporosis—according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.