Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New England Compounding Center had history of problems before contamination -settled case in 2004 involving death caused by bacterial meningitis March 27, 2013

The New England Compounding Center touted cleanliness in its Quality Assurance Report Card sent to customers, despite internal testing that showed "widespread contamination," according to a Boston Globe report published Oct. 31.
Other articles revealed the Massachusetts-based company had been accused of producing tainted medicine in the past, along with mass producing medicines when it wasn't authorized to do so.
In 2004, a lawsuit filed against the company in Monroe County, N.Y., claimed it was responsible for the 2002 death of William Koch, 83, who received a shot that is said to have caused him to contract bacterial meningitis, according to the Boston Herald.
The company settled with Koch's widow in 2007 before the case went to trial. The terms were confidential.
The Boston Globe also reported that four family members that co-founded the New England Compounding Center received more than $16 million in wages and profits from the company from December 2011 through November 2012.
The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late last year as a result of the fungal meningitis outbreak.
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