Matthew Spencer, the Mayor of Somersworth, New Hampshire is looking better, but disappointed with the NECC, the FDA and Massachusetts.
The bi-partisan instinct is always to fudge, evade, and deflect, out of vanity, perhaps, or political defensiveness.
The owner and director of the specialty pharmacy tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak declined to testify Wednesday morning before a congressional committee investigating the matter.
Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby says state overseers and the managers of a compounding pharmacy bear responsibility for a fatal, nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis.
The head of the Massachusetts health department says investigators still don’t know why regulators backed off a severe penalty against the New England Compounding Center in 2004.
Nearly a decade ago, federal health inspectors wanted to shut down the Framingham pharmacy linked to a recent deadly meningitis outbreak until it cleaned up its operations, according to congressional investigators.
Federal health inspectors found more than a dozen manufacturing problems, including leaky ceilings and insects, at Ameridose.
The state’s oversight of compounding pharmacies will be the subject of a legislative hearing.
A company spokesman says the notice affects 650 employees at Ameridose and 140 employees at its marketing and support arm.
The Director of the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy has been fired amid an investigation into New England Compounding Center’s role in the nation-wide meningitis outbreak.