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Massachusetts Pharmacy to Pay $100M to Victims of Meningitis Outbreak

Owners and insurers of a now-bankrupt Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak have agreed to pay more than $100 million to compensate victims, families of victims and creditors. The preliminary settlement announced on Monday, which requires court approval, …

Senate Joins House in Passing Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Bill

The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a bill designed to tighten government oversight of pharmacies that custom-mix prescription drugs, in the wake of last year’s deadly meningitis outbreak tied to contaminated pain injections. The bill cleared a parliamentary hurdle on …

Massachusetts Health Insurer Ends Coverage of Compounded Drugs

The second largest health insurer in Massachusetts has announced that it will no longer cover specialty medications known as compounded drugs, months after a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak was traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. The chief medical officer at …

‘I Wish We Had Acted Earlier,’ Says FDA Chief on Meningitis Outbreak

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration conceded on Tuesday that the agency could have been more aggressive in its oversight of the compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak. Testifying at a contentious congressional …

Judicial Panel Centralizes Meningitis Litigation in Massachusetts

A judicial panel ruled on Feb. 12 that all suits filed against a pharmacy linked to a multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak will be heard in federal court in Massachusetts. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has assigned Judge F. …

Judge Freezes Assets of Owners of Meningitis-Linked Pharmacy

A bankruptcy judge on Monday froze the assets of the owners of the pharmacy linked to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak. Orders signed by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Henry Boroff temporarily restrict the owners of New England Compounding Center (NECC) from …

Dozens Sue Pharmacy but Compensation Uncertain, Tenn. Attorney Says

Dennis O’Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, exhaustion and trouble with his speech and attention. He …

Meningitis Victims Seek to Freeze Assets of Pharmacy, Owners

A federal judge in Boston on Tuesday is expected to hear arguments on whether to freeze nearly $500 million in assets, including luxury homes, related to New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy linked to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak. U.S. …

Meningitis Outbreak Spurs Calls to Boost Pharmacy Oversight

U.S. and state health regulators called on Congress on Tuesday to strengthen federal oversight of compounding pharmacies as lawmakers prepared for two days of hearings on a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a compounded steroid. But the main federal …

Huge Drug Recall Latest Fallout in Meningitis Outbreak

Ameridose, a sister company of the U.S. pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak that has killed 29 people, announced on Wednesday a voluntary recall of all its products, a move to cooperate with regulators that could nevertheless create shortages of …