New England Compounding Pharmacy
Authorities in Michigan and Massachusetts will coordinate their investigations of a Framingham company that sold steroid injection materials linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds of people in 20 states.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a prepared statement on Sunday that he and Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz will hold a news conference Monday to discuss a development in the independent state and federal investigations into NECC.
The death toll in a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak tied to a Framingham pharmacy increased to 23 on Sunday.
At least 271 people have fallen ill after contracting meningitis from a contaminated batch of medicine.
A New Hampshire victim in the nationwide meningitis outbreak is among those who filed suit this week against the company linked to the outbreak.
Health officials have confirmed that a fungus behind a meningitis outbreak has also been found in unopened vials of steroid medication.
The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths.
As many as 13,000 people received tainted epidural steroid injections manufactured at a Framingham compounding pharmacy according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling for stronger government oversight of so-called “compounding pharmacies” amid a meningitis outbreak in several states that has killed seven people.