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Court filing suggests pharmacy blamed for deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis misled regulators

8:30 AM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
October 2012: Tennessee is one of the hardest states hit after a meningitis outbreak is traced back to contaminated medicine from a Massachusetts facility.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- New court filings suggest a Massachusetts pharmacy blamed for a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis last year may have used patient lists from a Nashville clinic to mislead regulators.

The suggestion is part of a statement by the former Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center medical director in a lawsuit brought by Wayne Reed. Reed is suing the clinic after his wife died when she was injected with contaminated medicine made by the New England Compounding Center.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/13Ibh9v) Dr. John Culclasure says an NECC salesman told him the Massachusetts pharmacy board was insisting on patient names because NECC was legally required to have patient-specific prescriptions. Clinic officials said it was impossible to know in advance which patients would get the injections. The salesman said NECC just needed names.

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