New England Compounding Center http://wamc.org en Health Overhaul Debate Snags Senate Pharmacy Bill http://wamc.org/post/health-overhaul-debate-snags-senate-pharmacy-bill <p>A year after a meningitis outbreak from contaminated pain injections from a Massachusetts company killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds, Congress is ready to increase federal oversight over compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications.</p><p>But before the bill gets to President Barack Obama for his signature, it first has to clear a hurdle put in its path by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. A test vote is scheduled for Tuesday evening.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:01:10 +0000 Jaired Crofut 77570 at http://wamc.org Health Overhaul Debate Snags Senate Pharmacy Bill 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 Mass. Pharmacy Owners Received Millions Before Bankruptcy http://wamc.org/post/mass-pharmacy-owners-received-millions-bankruptcy <p></p><p>BOSTON (AP) — The owners of a pharmacy linked to a fatal meningitis outbreak received more than $16 million in wages and payouts during the firm's final months.</p><p></p><p>Four family members who served as the New England Compounding Center's directors received the money between the end of December 2011 and the end of November 2012.</p><p>Records show the Framingham firm's majority shareholder, Carla Conigliaro, received the largest amount, $8.7 million.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56267 at http://wamc.org Mass. Pharmacy Owners Received Millions Before Bankruptcy 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 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 Vermont Hospital Receives Drugs from NECC Pharmacy http://wamc.org/post/vermont-hospital-receives-drugs-necc-pharmacy <p>A Vermont hospital says it's notifying about 200 patients that they were administered drugs recalled by the Massachusetts company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.<br><br>Officials say the drugs administered at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital were not the same steroid injections that have resulted in 23 deaths around the country and sickened nearly 300.<br><br>Jan Puchalski, director of patient safety and risk management, said Tuesday the drugs used include Nalbuphine, which is given for pain, and Hyaluronidase, often used on the eyes.<br> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 50540 at http://wamc.org