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License of pharmacy in meningitis outbreak suspended

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Indiana regulators have suspended the license of a Massachusetts pharmacy at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak.

New England Compounding Center has ceased production and recalled all products produced at its Framingham, Mass., production center, including contaminated batches of a steroid injection that has caused 30 deaths in 19 states, including four in Indiana.

On Monday, the Indiana Pharmacy Board acted on a request from Attorney General Greg Zoeller and granted an emergency indefinite suspension of NECC’s license. In a statement, Zoeller said a formal complaint will follow, after which the board may consider appropriate discipline.

Fifty-one Hoosiers are confirmed to have contracted fungal meningitis after receiving shots for back or joint pain, according to the Indiana Department of Health. More than 1,500 people in Indiana were exposed to the potentially tainted treatments in outpatient procedures and have been notified by their health care provider, according to the AG’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC confirmed 409 cases of fungal meningitis linked to the injections as of Tuesday. The 51 confirmed cases in Indiana is the third-highest of the 19 states affected, trailing Michigan (119 cases) and Tennessee (78 cases), according to the CDC.

 

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  1. As one of the many consumers affected by this breach, I found my bank data had been lifted and used to buy over $200 of various merchandise in New York. I did a pretty good job of tracing the purchases to stores around a college campus just from the info on my bank statement. Hm. Mr. Hill, I would like my $200 back! It doesn't belong to the state, in my opinion. Give it back to the consumers affected. I had to freeze my credit and take out data protection, order a new debit card and wait until it arrived. I deserve something for my trouble!

  2. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  3. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  4. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  5. Different rules for different folks....

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