MA Lawmaker: We're keeping eye on outbreak

Oct 9, 2012

The House chairman of the Massachusetts Legislature's Public Health Committee says lawmakers are keeping a close eye on the outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a steroid distributed by a Framingham pharmacy.

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez says legislative leaders are monitoring the latest developments from the federal Food and Drug Administration and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Boston Democrat said Monday he's hasn't ruled out the possibility of public hearings, but said right now he has more questions than answers.

Sanchez said if there is some action Massachusetts lawmakers can do to tighten state regulations, he wants to make sure he has all the information he needs before making any recommendations.

On Sunday, the New England Compounding Center announced a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure.


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