Feds raid Massachusetts lab linked to meningitis outbreak

Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:27pm EDT

A sign for pharmaceutical compounding company New England Compounding Center (NECC), a producer of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate, is seen in Framingham, Massachusetts October 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

A sign for pharmaceutical compounding company New England Compounding Center (NECC), a producer of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate, is seen in Framingham, Massachusetts October 8, 2012.

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(Reuters) - The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts on Tuesday said federal agents raided the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak that has killed 15 people and sickened more than 200 others.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said: "I can confirm that this office and our law enforcement partners are investigating allegations concerning the New England Compounding Center."

On Tuesday afternoon, agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration searched the NECC facility in Framingham, Mass., while local police provided support, local police said.

In a statement, Ortiz said it was "premature" to say what the investigation will show.

(Reporting by Svea Herbst; Writing by Dan Burns; Editing by Gary Hill)

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Harry079 wrote:
You sure two weeks was enough time for them to get rid of any evidence that might make the company look bad.

The Feds should have been there the Next Day after finding more than one vile of contaminated product in the distribution system.

By the way did they ever find any those new $100 bills that mysteriously disappeared?

Oct 16, 2012 7:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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