BOSTON Oct 12 The pharmacy company linked to
the deadly meningitis outbreak has cut more than half of its
workforce, affecting about 40 employees, according to people
familiar with the situation.
New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts,
confirmed on Friday it has cut jobs. The company did not provide
any more details about the reduction.
"The events of the past two weeks are a great tragedy, and
the thoughts and prayers of all those connected to New England
Compounding Center continue to be with the individuals and
families affected," the company said in a statement. "As a
result of these events, on Thursday and Friday of this week NECC
informed employees of a workforce reduction at the company - a
necessary step under the current circumstances."
NECC said its singular focus continues to be the national
recall of all of its products, "and working with the Centers for
Disease Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Board of
Registration in Pharmacy on their ongoing investigation."
(Reporting by Tim McLaughlin; Editing by Gary Hill)