FDA- Problems at NECC Started in 2003
According to a recent report by MSN News, congressional investigators have uncovered old FDA reports indicating concerns about New England Compounding Center (NECC), the drug manufacturer linked to the current meningitis outbreak which has left 33 dead and hundreds more ill.
FDA Wanted to Shut Down NECC in 2003
The findings of a recent report, released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, indicate that the FDA had concerns about continuing operations at NECC back in 2003.
During a 2003 meeting between state and federal officials, members of the FDA voiced serious concerns regarding the possible affects that poorly manufactured drugs produced at NECC would have on the public. At the time, however, the FDA considered NECC to be a pharmacy and turned the investigation over to the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy. The Massachusetts counterpart ultimately decided to settle concerns with the pharmacy regarding the quality of its prescription injections rather than shutting down its operations all together.
Congressional officials are now investigating whether or not there was a possibility of prevention.
Earlier this month, New England Compounding Center closed down operations and issued a recall on all products.
Effects of the Meningitis Outbreak
- As of November 19, 2012, 480 people had fallen ill due to contaminated shots distributed by NECC.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33 deaths have been reported since the outbreak began in September.
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