Congress now involved in fungal meningitis outbreak

by lmallernee | November 7th, 2012

November 7, 2012

So far, 419 cases of fungal meningitis have been reported in 19 states, including 16 in Ohio, and 30 people have died, according to The Columbia Dispatch.

The Massachusetts pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak has been defending itself against a mounting number of lawsuits.

Before the pharmacy surrendered its license, the House Energy and Commerce Committee also issued a subpoena to a co-owner of the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.

The director of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy has been invited to testify at a hearing scheduled for November. 14. The Food and Drug Administration Commissioner is scheduled to testify.

Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also have been invited to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at a separate hearing on November 15.

Last month, a former federal prosecutor filed a lawsuit in a Massachusetts court on behalf of an unnamed New Hampshire man, seeking several million dollars.

The pharmacy said that it expects a judicial panel to rule within the next two to four months on whether to consolidate a number of lawsuits in one court. The decision could come soon after a hearing is held on January 31, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.

If you are someone you love has been affected by the fungal meningitis outbreak, the Ohio personal injury lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy may be able to help.