Top news coming in today to a cooling San Francisco, right after the news about the meningitis disease spreading (See that article here: Meningitis spreads, 91 now infected (Video)) is about the same company who is making the meningitis vaccine having already been accused back in 2004. That company has now been accused again.
News reports are also coming in that one man, Mr. William Koch, died after he supposedly took a tainted shot. According to Newser.com and the Associated Press, the man took a tainted dose back in 2002.
“New England Compounding Center ultimately settled the lawsuit that was brought after 83-year-old William Koch died in 2004, a year and a half after getting the shot. The lawsuit claimed Koch was infected with bacterial meningitis, a different, more common, and more contagious form of the infection, through the shot.”
The fungal meningitis outbreak has killed 12 people in the USA. It’s believed everyone affected received tainted steroid injections.
Now it has come to light that a separate pharmacy was set up by two of the founding members of the New England Compounding Center. The company, Ameridose, has since been surrounded by controversy. Allegations are that the company mixed sterile with non-sterile supplies and in doing that, it put patients at risk.
In response to the allegations, Ameridose filed a lawsuit claiming defamation and slander. That lawsuit was settled last month. The company has told news sources that it has closed down in order to allow an inspection to take place, but it admits no liability and say it is only closing its doors as a precautionary measure
Newser.com says: “Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said NECC…may have exceeded the scope of its license by selling large batches of prescriptions; a company spokesperson says the pharmacy is cooperating with investigators.”
San Francisco resident, Franics Donal says: “I hope this can get settled. I am sure consumers have lost all confidence in Ameridose and in the New England Compounding Center. I feel sorry for those who have been hurt by this incident and for their families.”
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