Markey Speaks on Meningitis Cases
As the death toll rose to nine, and the number of cases across America grew to 105 individuals in 9 states, the congressman sent a letter to Food and Drug Administrator questioning pharmacies such as New England Compounding Center.
Congressman Edward Markey, whose district includes Framingham, said coumponding pharmacies such as New England Compounding Center, at the center of a national meningitis outbreak, fall into a "regulatory black hole."
As the death toll rose to nine, and the number of cases across America grew to 105 individuals in nine states, the congressman sent a letter to Food and Drug Administrator Margaret Hamburg.
In the letter, he questioned the FDA on how many compounding pharmacies are their in the United States, beyond Framingham-based New England Compounding Center. He suggested legislation may be needed to strengthen the regulatory process of these specialty pharmacies.
The Waverly Road company recalled more than 17,0000 steroids delivered to medical facilities in 23 states on Sept. 26. Last week, the government told doctors to not use any of the company's products, but over the weekend NECC voluntarily recalled all 1,200 of its products.
The CDC said Monday, as many as 13,000 people may have received a steroid shot. Health officials do not know how many of the shots, dating back to the summer, could be tainted with fungal meningitis.
While the company was licensed in all 50 states. The company and health officials believe none of the tainted steroids were distributed in Massachusetts. Products by the company were distributed in the Bay State.