Victims Seek Criminal Charges for Nationwide Meningitis Outbreak
Victims of a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are looking for criminal charges to be filed against the company and its executives.
About the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
- According to FOX News, the fungal meningitis outbreak infected 751 patients across 20 states resulting in 64 deaths.
- The outbreak occurred when patients were treated with contaminated steroids produced by the New England Compounding Center.
- Most affected were the states of Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana.
- Follow-up investigations found fungus in more than 50 vials from the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
Criminal Charges a Possibility
“I hope that the people involved are held accountable and that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” – George Cary, husband of Lilian Cary who died after receiving a tainted steroid infection, as published by FOX News
- While similar cases often result in companies settling with the federal government and agreeing to pay large fines, the case against the New England Compounding Center may be handled differently due to the number of illnesses and deaths tied to the outbreak.
- The FBI has requested that those who received the tainted injections fill out a questionnaire detailing their injuries and to comment on whether they believe that they or a family member have suffered injury due to another medication distributed by the pharmacy. Agents have also been sent to visit with the victims.
- A federal grand jury in Boston and a Minnesota grand jury are both conducting separate investigations into the New England Compounding Center.
- The company has given up its license and filed for bankruptcy protection following the hundreds of lawsuits.
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