Pharmacy suspected in meningitis outbreak surrenders license

3:00 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
The New England Compounding Center is shown here on October 5, 2012 in Framingham, Massachusetts. The pharmacy is currently being investigated for producing a contaminated steroid shot that included the meningitis fungus that has killed at least five people. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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By TRAVIS LOLLER / Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy has effectively revoked the license of the pharmacy that distributed injectable steroids suspected of causing a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.

In an emergency meeting on Monday, the board voted 7-0 to accept the voluntary surrender of the New England Compounding Center's license.

Department of Health attorney John Smith said the action has the same effect as a revocation and is understood to be a formal disciplinary action.

Board members questioned why action was not taken more quickly. They also expressed concern that the pharmacist in charge of the facility is still licensed in Tennessee.

Smith said the pharmacist, Barry Cadden, has also agreed to surrender his license. Smith expects to call another emergency meeting once the details of that agreement are worked out.

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