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Congressional inquiry called for in national meningitis outbreak


Posted by Reed Kloc of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 17, 2012 in Product Liability

In the wake of a rising number of deaths, now at 15 according to the CDC, which have been linked to contaminated steroid injections sold by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts, lawmakers are calling for a Congressional inquiry into the types of pharmacies that produce these types of medications for individual patient use at a doctor's request. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/health/as-meningitis-death-toll-rises-lawmakers-call-for-more-oversight.html?ref=health&_r=0 According to the CDC a total of 233 cases of fungal meningitis infections have been reported in ten states. State officials have said that all of the 39 Connecticut patients reported to have received the fungus-contaminated steroid given as an injection into the neck and spine to treat pain have been cleared.http://www.courant.com/health/connecticut/hc-meningitis-recall-1010-20121009,0,840418.story

More information about this multistate meningitis outbreak from contaminated medication can be found at the CDC's website: http://www.cdc.gov/HA/outbreaks/meningitis.html