WASHINGTON Feb 1 House Republicans on Friday
set a deadline for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to
produce documents related to the deadly meningitis outbreak that
swept across the nation in late 2012.
Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee first
requested, in October, documents related to FDA's oversight of
New England Compounding Center, the now defunct, Boston-area
compounding pharmacy that was at the center of the outbreak.
But it says the agency produced few documents so far and
that those it has "raise new and troubling questions" about the
agency's oversight of NECC.
"If FDA does not produce all the responsive documents by
5:00 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2013, the committee will move forward with
a business meeting to compel their production," the committee
said in a release.
"We hope a subpoena will not be necessary for the FDA to
cooperate and help us determine what went wrong," said Oversight
and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy of
The meningitis outbreak to date has killed 45 people and
sickened almost 700 in 19 states, according to the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control.
(Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz)