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Tenn. Board Discusses Meningitis Outbreak

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy met on Wednesday morning to discuss steps they would take to make sure another meningitis outbreak doesn't happen again.

"We are in a situation that is of historic proportion, that we'll all be learning from," said Dr. David Reagan from the Tennessee Department of Health.

The board Wednesday decided to form a special committee which is charged with investigating and reviewing everything that led to the nationwide outbreak and how it was handled by the state.

"Unfortunately as its been pointed out today we have to rely on somebody that's out of state (to regulate some of this) and as it's been pointed out in this case they unfortunately did not do a very good job," said Dr. Buddy Stephens who is on the board.

Board members also decided to send out a survey to every pharmacy in the state to get a better idea of whether or not there are any facilities out there licensed to be a pharmacy but actually performing like a compounding facility. That was one of the biggest issues health officials have found when it comes to the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts where the outbreak started.

Board members believe NECC cut corners when it came to sterilizing their drugs for one reason.

"Greed, the opportunity to make money. They cut corners to make money off of it, I think it's all totally greed," Stephens added.

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