Lawmakers Issue Subpoena For Pharmacy Director - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Lawmakers Issue Subpoena For Pharmacy Director

Posted: Updated:
FILE Photo FILE Photo

WASHINGTON (AP) - House lawmakers have issued a subpoena for the director of the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak.

The subpoena comes after Barry Cadden, co-founder of New England Compounding Center, indicated through his lawyer that he would not voluntarily attend a congressional hearing scheduled for November 14, the Energy and Commerce Committee said Tuesday.

A message sent to Cadden's lawyer seeking comment was not immediately returned.

More than 400 people have been sickened by contaminated steroid shots distributed by the compounding pharmacy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty deaths have been reported.

"Since Mr. Cadden has indicated he will not appear voluntarily, we are left with no choice but to issue a subpoena," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., who chairs the committee. "We urge Barry Cadden to put the public health first and answer the committee's questions about the deadly outbreak."

House and Senate lawmakers have been investigating the outbreak since it surfaced last month. They have scheduled separate hearings next week to examine how it occurred and how future incidents can be prevented.

A staffer for the Senate health committee said Cadden has not yet confirmed whether he will attend the Senate hearing, which is scheduled for November 15.

Other witnesses scheduled to appear include Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, and officials from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Cadden founded the Framingham, Mass.-based compounding pharmacy in 1998 with his brother-in-law, Gregory Conigliaro. The business was successful enough that in 2006 the partners started another pharmacy, Ameridose, which would eventually report annual revenue of $100 million.

Last month, state officials revoked Cadden's pharmacy licenses and the licenses of two other NECC pharmacists after inspectors found unsterile conditions the company's facilities. NECC and Ameridose have both shut down operations and recalled all their products under pressure from state and federal authorities.

No meningitis infections have been linked to Ameridose, which has separate operations in Westborough, Mass., but the company says it issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution."

Cases of meningitis have been reported in 19 states: Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Local News HeadlinesLocal NewsMore>>

  • McConnell Credited With Helping Save Jobs In Ad

    McConnell Credited With Helping Save Jobs In Ad

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:38:30 GMT
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is getting credit for protecting aluminum factory jobs in a TV ad released by his campaign. The ad debuting Wednesday across Kentucky focuses on McConnell's efforts to pass fair trade legislation.more>>
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is getting credit for protecting aluminum factory jobs in a TV ad released by his campaign. The ad debuting Wednesday across Kentucky focuses on McConnell's efforts to pass fair trade legislation.more>>
  • Teacher Slaying Suspect In Court On Assault Charge

    Teacher Slaying Suspect In Court On Assault Charge

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:36:46 GMT
    Prosecutors said a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher took off his footwear and crouched down as he stalked a worker at a youth detention facility where he was being held before attacking her.more>>
    Prosecutors said a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher took off his footwear and crouched down as he stalked a worker at a youth detention facility where he was being held before attacking her.more>>
  • Shoulder, Lane Restrictions In Place Along I-24 In Kentucky

    Shoulder, Lane Restrictions In Place Along I-24 In Kentucky

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:32:18 GMT
    Drivers along Interstate 24 in southwestern Kentucky will have to slow down a bit. Shoulder and lane restrictions are in place along the road in Christian County from Exit 86 to mile marker 93 at the Kentucky-Tennessee state line, a distance of about 7 miles.more>>
    Drivers along Interstate 24 in southwestern Kentucky will have to slow down a bit. Shoulder and lane restrictions are in place along the road in Christian County from Exit 86 to mile marker 93 at the Kentucky-Tennessee state line, a distance of about 7 miles.more>>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.