FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WPRI/AP) – Massachusetts lawmakers have called a hearing for Wednesday in order to discuss the state's oversight of specialty pharmacies.
Lots of epidural steroid injections manufactured by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts were linked to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis . The outbreak led to over 400 cases of fungal meningitis and at least 32 deaths nationwide.
The Rhode Island Department of Health identified three cases of the illness linked to the outbreak, and notified 266 people who received the injection.
On Monday, The Food and Drug Administration found many possible sources of contamination at Ameridose in Westborough, Massachusetts. This company also makes injectable drugs and had numerous problems including leaky ceilings, insects in sterile areas, and quality control issues.
Late last month, the company agreed to recall all of its products under pressure from FDA regulators. FDA officials previously said they have not connected any Ameridose drugs to infection or illness, but they have concerns about the products' sterility.
The state's pharmacy board is criticized for how it handled complaints involving specialty pharmacies.
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Portsmouth Police are investigating a deadly car accident on Bristol Ferry Road.
Portsmouth Police have arrested a drug suspect after a six week-long investigation.
A federal indictment was handed down Thursday against a Warwick man accused of producing, possessing, and distributing child pornography.
A proposal to build a demonstration wind farm off Block Island has won state approval of a plan bringing the underwater transmission cable onto Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett.
A man who has been traveling the country and leaving $500 tips for his waiters and waitresses could soon stop in Rhode Island.