Mass. official tied to company in meningitis cases

Posted: 10/10/12 at 10:35 am EDT

BOSTON (AP) -- The owners of Massachusetts company at the center of a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis also own a related pharmacy nearby, one of whose executives is a board member and former president of the state agency that regulates pharmacies.

The Boston Globe reports that Sophia Pasedis was appointed to the 11-member Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy in June 2004 and reappointed in 2008. She is vice president of regulatory affairs and compliance at Ameridose in Westborough, according to the company's website

Ameridose has the same ownership as Framingham-based New England Compounding Center, the focus of the investigation in the meningitis outbreak blamed for 11 deaths.

The state Public Health Department, which oversees the pharmacy board, said Tuesday that Pasedis has recused herself from all matters on Ameridose and New England Compounding.

Have a story idea or news tip for 7NEWS?

Email: newstips@cw56.com, or call us at 1-800-280-TIPS.