Meningitis Lawsuit Targets NECC Officers' Assets
In yet another twist in the deadly meningitis outbreak, a new lawsuit wants to put a freeze on the personal assets of the officers of the company that is tied to the tainted steroid shots that seriously injured nearly 300 patients nationwide.
Reuters reports the lawsuit filed in Massachusetts state court alleges that the New England Compounding Center (NECC) and its company officers Barry and Lisa Cadden and Greg Conigliaro are responsible for the contaminated drugs that have killed nearly two dozen people so far. Approximately 14,000 patients are at a risk of contracting fungal meningitis after receiving contaminated steroid shots for back or joint pain.
The civil suit includes a request for a court order to freeze the assets of the compounding pharmacy and the officers named on Nov. 6. Massachusetts law provides for such a "prejudgment remedy" when litigation is pending, according to Reuters. NECC’s public relations firm did not comment on the suit.
Real estate deeds show that some officers of the company spent several million dollars on posh homes and a new facility for a related pharmacy business in the months before authorities shut down their operations, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, federal investigations continue into how NECC supplied large orders of compounded drugs to hospitals and other health facilities and whether state laws regulating compounding pharmacies were broken.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have established that the fungus responsible for the outbreak matches the one found in contaminated steroids manufactured at NECC.
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