Lack Of Answers Frustrates Victims Of Meningitis Outbreak
SOMERSWORTH, NH (CBS) – The mayor of Somersworth, New Hampshire, Matt Spencer, is looking better.
Gone is the IV with anti-fungal medication he had to drag around for three weeks, but the pain and problems linger.
“I have good days, I have bad days,” says Spencer.
Spencer has a suspected case of fungal meningitis linked to the Framingham, Massachusetts compounding pharmacy NECC.
The mayor received a steroid injection for back pain at a New Hampshire pain clinic which had obtained the medication from the troubled pharmacy.
Soon he was hobbled by headaches, pain and nausea.
He says he is very disappointed in the NECC, the FDA and the state of Massachusetts.
“Why weren’t they in there doing spot checks?,” asks the mayor.
The mayor watched Wednesday’s Washington hearings, taking note of the lack of answers from the pharmacy’s co-owner.
But while many victims may have been frustrated, the 42-year-old, who served in the Coast Guard, says he respects the process.
“I understand the system,” says the mayor. “He has that right, that’s what all of our veterans fight for is our freedoms.”
The mayor says this is a clear case where more state and federal regulation is needed.
“I think that’s another thing where profit comes over the safety of the patients and it’s just sad,” says Spencer. “I’m just very fortunate and I feel for those ones who have it, going through treatment, or didn’t make it.”