The pharmacy linked to the meningitis outbreak that has rocked the nation has filed for bankruptcy. According to an article in the Boston Herald, New England Compounding Company (NECC) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection in order to establish a fund to compensate for those who have been affected by the meningitis outbreak.
To date, at least 620 people have been sickened and 39 have died in a meningitis outbreak across 19 states as a result of tainted steroid shots that were manufactured by NECC – and the numbers have continued to rise. Last month saw an increase in the number of infections linked to the tainted steroid shots after the initial scare had somewhat subsided. For instance, in Tennessee , health officials issued renewed alerts in December to patients who received tainted steroid shots after learning that some patients have developed infections at the injection site that could lead to fungal meningitis. The Associated Press reported that since Thanksgiving, Tennessee health officials identified 22 new cases of localized infections and one case of meningitis without a localized infection. Two of the patients with injection-site infections also showed early signs of meningitis.
NECC’s bankruptcy filing won’t necessary stop the government’s probe into shady practices throughout the compounding industry. Massachusetts health officials announced in December that they were taking action against three compounding pharmacies – OncoMed Pharmaceutical Services, Pallimed Solutions, and The Whittier Pharmacist of Haverhill – following unannounced inspections that were spurred by the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak linked to NECC, which is located in Massachusetts.
Moreover, a federal grand jury in Boston has begun investigating NECC, including issuing subpoenas to former employees of the compounding pharmacy and NECC has also been named as the defendant in several personal injury lawsuits filed in Massachusetts.
In November 2012, Congressional hearings were conducted as part of an investigation of NECC and other compounding facilities. According to the Washington Post, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testified that additional oversight authority over compounding pharmacies is required in order to prevent future contaminations and tainted drug problems.
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