State lawmakers want answers in meningitis outbreak
BOSTON (WHDH) -- There are new concerns about a deadly meningitis outbreak That has made more than 100 people ill. Federal health experts say the outbreak is linked to a Framingham company, and now state lawmakers are taking action.
“Right now, we have more questions than answers,” said State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez.
State Rep. Sanchez, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, is demanding answers in connection with the growing outbreak of fungal meningitis tied to New England Compounding Center located in Framingham.
“I think all of us are upset that this could ever happen in this day and age. At the same time, we have to look at how this could have happened. There’s so many questions,” said State Rep. Sanchez.
The illness, health officials say, is caused by tainted steroid injections for back pain prepared by the Metro West specialty pharmacy that has temporarily closed and over the weekend voluntarily recalled all its products.
Nine states have been affected so far. The number of cases continues to grow, and the outbreak has caused 8 deaths.