The Associated Press reports that the House of Representatives issued a subpoena last week for the director of the New England Compounding Center, the drug compounding pharmacy responsible for manufacturing the tainted steroid injection that lead to this deadly outbreak. So far, the CDC reports 438 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis affecting 19 states with 32 deaths.
The House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee felt compelled to issue the subpoena for Barry Cadden after he indicated via his attorney that he would not voluntarily attend a November 14th congressional hearing on the matter. The committee is calling upon Mr. Cadden to answer questions about the months leading up to the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak to assess whether it could have been prevented. There is also a hearing in the Senate scheduled for November 15th that will inquire into the outbreak.
According to the AP, Mr. Cadden co-founded the now closed New England Compounding Center in 1998 and enjoyed significant success. However, that success appears to be a thing of the past for Mr. Cadden, as Massachusetts state officials stripped his pharmacy license last month after the scathing FDA report of his facility was released. Mr. Cadden will also have to answer to both the House and the Senate next week should he appear. He will be called upon to explain how his facility became so filthy and unsterile, leading to this deadly meningitis outbreak.
While the meningitis outbreak has slowed down in recent weeks, the CDC has confirmed that the threat still remains and new cases are definitely possible. Our Chicago attorneys continue to monitor the legal implications of this outbreak as it progresses. Please be sure to understand the symptoms of fungal meningitis. If you think you received a tainted injection and are experiencing any of those symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, if you or a loved one has been injured by the fungal meningitis outbreak, please contact our office so that we can help you understand your legal rights.