meningitis http://wamc.org en North Rockland girl dies from bacterial meningitis http://wamc.org/post/north-rockland-girl-dies-bacterial-meningitis <p>POMONA – The Rockland County Department of Health announced on Monday an investigation into the death from Meningitis of a 12-year-old Rockland girl who attended St. Gregory’s School. Officials explained preventative measures and means to reach out to those who might have been exposed.</p><p>“I want to stress that we are responding, and we are responding quickly and appropriately,” Rockland Commissioner of Health Kathy Henry said.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:20:37 +0000 Hank Gross 61230 at http://wamc.org North Rockland girl dies from bacterial meningitis Judge Orders Seizure of Mass. Pharmacy Owners' Homes http://wamc.org/post/judge-orders-seizure-mass-pharmacy-owners-homes <p></p><p></p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A bankruptcy court judge has ordered the homes of the owners of a Massachusetts pharmacy seized as they face lawsuits related to a nationwide meningitis outbreak.</p><p></p><p>The homes' combined value was estimated at about $21 million at the time of the January order, filed with the court Wednesday.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 59380 at http://wamc.org Judge Orders Seizure of Mass. Pharmacy Owners' Homes Attorney: Pharmacy tied to outbreak paid out $70M http://wamc.org/post/attorney-pharmacy-tied-outbreak-paid-out-70m <p></p><p></p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An attorney says a Massachusetts pharmacy blamed for a nationwide meningitis outbreak paid out more than $70 million to its owners and their other companies in the last six years.</p><p></p><p>Creditors' attorney David Molton made the disclosure Thursday at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing. At the hearing, Judge Henry Boroff gave a committee of creditors the right to seek a freeze on the New England Compounding Center's assets.</p><p>Molton had argued the company had a history of removing its assets.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 02:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56469 at http://wamc.org Attorney: Pharmacy tied to outbreak paid out $70M Republican Lawmakers Call for Departure of Mass. Sec. of Health and Human Services http://wamc.org/post/republican-lawmakers-call-departure-mass-sec-health-and-human-services <p>Republicans in the state Legislature in Massachusetts are calling for the departure of JudyAnn Bigby, the state's health and human services secretary.</p><p>In a letter sent on Thursday to Gov. Deval Patrick, House Republicans cited "poor management" in the aftermath of two recent crises: The alleged tampering with drug tests at a former Department of Public Health lab, and a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy that was regulated by the state.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 03:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 53002 at http://wamc.org Group Calls on FDA to Re-Inspect Compounding Pharmacies http://wamc.org/post/group-calls-fda-re-inspect-compounding-pharmacies <p></p><p></p><p>A government watchdog group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to re-inspect more than a dozen specialty pharmacies with prior records of violations, in light of a recent deadly outbreak tied to compounded drugs.</p><p>Contaminated pain injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy have been blamed for fungal meningitis that has killed 36 people and sickened more than 500, according to federal health officials.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 52999 at http://wamc.org Group Calls on FDA to Re-Inspect Compounding Pharmacies Company Linked to Meningitis Illness Denies Claims http://wamc.org/post/company-linked-meningitis-illness-denies-claims <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;A Massachusetts company has denied negligence in connection with a steroid linked to a fungal&nbsp;<font color="red">meningitis</font>&nbsp;outbreak that has claimed 34 lives nationwide.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:29:31 +0000 Jake Sorgen 52382 at http://wamc.org Company Linked to Meningitis Illness Denies Claims Mass. Health Officials Blame Overseers and Pharmacy for Outbreak http://wamc.org/post/mass-health-officials-blame-overseers-and-pharmacy-outbreak <p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby says state overseers and the managers of a compounding pharmacy bear responsibility for a fatal, nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…</p><p>Bigby told state lawmakers Wednesday that the Framingham-based New England Compounding Center, which distributed a contaminated steroid that has sickened about 440 people and led to more than 30 deaths, knowingly disregarded sterility tests and prepared medicine in unsanitary conditions.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 52026 at http://wamc.org Mass. Health Officials Blame Overseers and Pharmacy for Outbreak Meningitis-Linked Firm Granted Leniency After Previous Violations http://wamc.org/post/meningitis-linked-firm-granted-leniency-after-previous-violations <p></p><p></p><p>The head of the Massachusetts health department says investigators still don't know why regulators backed off a severe penalty against a pharmacy now implicated in a deadly meningitis outbreak.</p><p>In 2004, after product safety and sterility problems at the New England Compounding Center, the state's pharmacy board proposed an official reprimand and three years' probation for the New England Compounding Center.</p><p>The company protested, saying it could destroy the business. In 2006, the board entered into a more lenient, non-disciplinary agreement with NECC.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 51945 at http://wamc.org Meningitis-Linked Firm Granted Leniency After Previous Violations Layoffs at meningitis-linked firm http://wamc.org/post/layoffs-meningitis-linked-firm <p>A Massachusetts company with the same founders as a pharmacy tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak says it's laying off nearly all its employees amid its prolonged closure for inspection. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more..</p><p>Ameridose employees were notified of the layoffs Thursday.</p><p>A company spokesman says the notice affects 650 employees at Ameridose and 140 employees at its marketing and support arm. He says a small number will be retained amid an ongoing product recall. Ameridose LLC says it hopes the layoffs will be temporary.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:45:31 +0000 Ian Pickus 51682 at http://wamc.org Ameridose Agrees to Extend Closure http://wamc.org/post/ameridose-agrees-extend-closure <p></p><p></p><p>A company with the same founders as a specialty pharmacy tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak has agreed to extend its voluntary closure until Nov. 19.</p><p>Ameridose shut down for inspection Oct. 10 amid a growing outbreak linked to a tainted steroid made by the New England Compounding Center. Ameridose and NECC have the same founders, Barry Cadden and Greg Conigliaro, though Cadden has since resigned from Ameridose.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:48:19 +0000 Lucas Willard 51229 at http://wamc.org Ameridose Agrees to Extend Closure