Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/15/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Massachusetts firm distributed thousands of contaminated steroid for back pains that led to outbreak

The Massachusetts firm that supplied tainted steroids to consumers which in turn led to a fungal meningitis outbreak broke several laws, chief among them selling drugs without prescriptions. The contaminated steroids have since been recalled, but more than 200 people have fallen ill and 15 have died on account of the drug.

The New England Compounding Center solicited bulk orders from physicians and failed to require proof of individual patient prescriptions as required under state regulations.

The New England Compounding Center solicited bulk orders from physicians and failed to require proof of individual patient prescriptions as required under state regulations.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/15/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Fungal meningitis, outbreak, tainted suply, steroids, The New England Compounding Center


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The New England Compounding Center, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, sold drugs without requiring physicians to supply patient prescriptions.

One customer has confirmed via email to Reuters that the company supplied the clinic with drugs without patient names or prescriptions. Thousands of vials of the contaminated steroid have since been distributed, putting 14,000 people at risk of contracting meningitis.
 
The center solicited bulk orders from physicians and failed to require proof of individual patient prescriptions as required under state regulations. Further emails support assertions made this week by state pharmacy regulators that the compounding firm had violated its license in Massachusetts.

Other emails indicate that NECC referred business to a sister company, Ameridose LLC, despite a statement by Ameridose earlier this week that the two operated separately. Both firms mix, dilute or repackage drugs that may not be easily available through a pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Both are owned by Gregory Conigliaro, an engineer, and his brother-in-law, Barry Cadden, a pharmacist who was in charge of pharmacy operations at NECC until it surrendered its license in the wake of the meningitis outbreak.

"NECC's intent has always been to operate in compliance with our licenses in the states where we do business, and we have made our best efforts to be in compliance with all governing laws and regulations during 15 years of providing hundreds of thousands of patients with vital medications," NECC said in a statement.

"We are cooperating with agencies that have a policy of not commenting on pending investigations, and as part of that cooperation we are honoring that policy and not commenting on specific facts."

Ameridose has closed for 12 days pending state and federal inspections. Regulators say they have not found Ameridose's products to be compromised and they have not requested a recall.

"Although there is common ownership, the two companies operate under separate registrations and different licensure," Ameridose said.

Another company, Alaunus Pharmaceutical LLC, which distributes drugs for Ameridose and also is owned by Conigliaro and Cadden, suspended its operations this week.

The fourteen U.S. states believed to have received the contaminated steroids include Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Health

Are mammograms causing breast cancer? Routine screenings may increase the likelihood of a false positive Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New data suggests routine breast screening are leading to a significant number of "false positives." A growing number of women are told they may have breast cancer, but in actuality, they do not. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Women, aged 50 to 70, undergo ... continue reading


A TIP BEFORE YOU TAKE A DIP: Parasite 'Crypto' lurking in many swimming pools Watch

Image of Kiddie pools are a major source of outbreaks. Personal cleanliness among adults is also an important tool in battling Crypto.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The water is clear, blue, and refreshing in the summer sun. We are ready to jump into the pool for some instant refreshment, when - WAIT A MINUTE! There is a strain of bacteria that can make you deeply sick with diarrhea. Called "Crypto," the strain has been ... continue reading


AIDS vaccine in monkeys shows success - but doesn't necessarily translate to human use Watch

Image of The monkeys were first vaccinated and then given repeated large doses of SIV. The immune response to the vaccine was strong.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"I think it is quite promising," Mitchell Warren of the HIV vaccine and treatment advocacy group AVAC, says. A new vaccine tested on monkeys first given a massive dosage of the simian equivalent of HIV - SIV, proved successful, with half of the monkeys ... continue reading


Are you at risk for skin cancer? Too much citrus may lead to melanoma Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Consuming large amounts of orange juice or grapefruit may increase the risk of the most dangerous type of skin cancer, melanoma, according to recent studies. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, who ... continue reading


PUBLIC HEALTH VICTORY: Cuba becomes first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV, syphilis Watch

Image of Antiretroviral treatment to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, authorities remind the public, is not 100 per cent effective. A small number of cases are allowed to persist, despite the certification.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Heralded as one of the "greatest public health achievements possible," World Health Organization director-general Margaret Chan has declared that the Caribbean nation of Cuba has become the first nation to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from ... continue reading


Health experts warn on animal diseases used as biological weapons Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO), animal health and national defense officers announced on June 30 the need for a wider international cooperation to sidestep the spread of animal diseases that could potentially be utilized as deadly biological weapons.  ... continue reading


Lazy lifestyles pose dangerous and deadly threat to today's generation Watch

Image of Laziness can lead to problems with being overweight.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

You might not be entirely aware, but according to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is now the fourth most notorious global killer. In fact, the impact of physical inactivity has been claimed as the reason for more fatalities than the collective effect ... continue reading


5 wonderful facts about sunscreen that you didn't know Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The need to use sunscreen is something emphasized everyday, not only by dermatologists but also by the beauty industry, media, etc. It's basically everywhere. It is not an alien fact to us that using sunscreen religiously will help us combat premature aging, the risk ... continue reading


Is getting plastic surgery a sin against God? Watch

Image of Plastic surgery is considered a simple medical procedure nowadays but remains as an intriguing aspect for the Catholic Church.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Plastic surgery may seem to be a common medical procedure for several individuals around the globe, but the Catholic Church still has different points of views when it comes to changing the naturally bestowed beauty from God. Some medical practitioners, on the other ... continue reading


'Swimming pool eyes' are not because of chlorine... but because of urine Watch

Image of Swimmers that use the pool for their toilet causes the urine to react with chlorine. This in turn creates a chemical compound that hurts the eyes.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a sage bit of advice that has a double meaning - you may not want to "go" to a public swimming pool after you learn this disgusting fact. If you emerge from the pool with red, stinging, sensitive eyes, it is not because of the chlorine... it is because of ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 32:23-33
23 That same night he got up and, taking his two ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8, 15
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen, Yahweh, to an upright ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:32-38
32 They had only just left when suddenly a man was ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 7th, 2015 Image

Bl. Ralph Milner
July 7: English martyr. He was born at Stocksteads, Hampshire, and was a ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter