Investigators Find Major Safety Violations At Mass. Pharmacy
by Chris Conte
BOSTON, Mass. - Health officials in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that they found major safety violations inside the New England Compounding Center being blamed for the meningitis outbreak which has sickened hundreds of people across the country.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said NECC had a, "Lack of maintaining basic standards of safety procedures," when it came to the production of the steroid now linked to the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak.
The Department of Public Health in Massachusetts said NECC was testing vials of the contaminated steroids before they were being sent out all across the country, however, the drugs were being sent out up to 11 days before the tests results came back showing whether or not the vials were safe to send out.
Officials also say that on October 2, they found visible black matter inside vials of the steroids which was later confirmed by the FDA to be fungal contaminant linked to the outbreak.
The Governor of Massachusetts also said in Tuesday's press conference that NECC has had it's license permanently revoked.
Nationwide the outbreak has sickened 308 people, in 17 states and claimed the lives of 23 people. Tennessee has been the epicenter of the outbreak due to the high volume of drugs NECC shipped to the state.
Health officials in Massachusetts also said Tuesday that NECC failed to sterilize their products for even the minimum amount of time required.