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Senate Votes to Advance Specialty Pharmacy 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 …

House OKs Bill Aimed at Improving Drug Safety

The House easily approved bipartisan legislation Saturday aimed at improving the safety of drugs produced by compounding pharmacies that mix customized pharmaceuticals. The measure, approved on a voice vote, comes almost a year after a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 …

Tennessee Victims in Meningitis Outbreak Win New Avenue for Lawsuits

Victims in Tennessee of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak won the right to pursue a new avenue of litigation against healthcare facilities and doctors there, after a ruling by a U.S. bankruptcy judge this week. Tennessee was the second hardest-hit …

Massachusetts Shuts 11 Pharmacies Following Inspections

State officials have ordered 11 pharmacies to completely or partially shut down their operations after a series of unannounced inspections prompted by a deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. The Department of Public Health inspections were conducted across the state …

FDA Chief Urges Action on Drug Compounding Safety

The top U.S. drug regulator on Wednesday urged state officials to help close regulatory loopholes involving the safety of compounded drugs, such as the tainted steroid injections at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. At a day-long meeting …

Compensation Uncertain for Dozens Suing Pharmacy

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 …

Grand Jury Probing Meningitis-Linked Pharmacy

A federal grand jury is investigating the compounding pharmacy at the heart of a deadly meningitis outbreak, the Boston Globe reported on Saturday. The grand jury has begun issuing subpoenas to people who worked for the New England Compounding Center, …

Judge Allows Civil Suits in Meningitis Outbreak to Proceed

A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday allowed civil suits against the pharmacy at the heart of the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak to proceed and noted that any criminal case would have priority in gathering evidence. U.S. District Judge Dennis …

Meningitis Victims Try to Freeze Nearly $500M in Assets

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. …

Drug Industry Resists More Oversight Despite Meningitis Outbreak

U.S. states should remain the primary regulators for compounding pharmacies, rather than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, despite a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 32 people since September, an industry group said on Thursday. The International Academy …