House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today requested a bipartisan briefing from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) regarding the recent multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak that has proved fatal for over a dozen individuals. Federal officials have linked the contaminated spinal steroid injections responsible for the outbreak to the NECC in Framingham, Massachusetts. Earlier this week, the committee leaders requested briefings from the CDC and FDA.
The members wrote, "We will be meeting with FDA, CDC and others that may provide insight into the details surrounding this outbreak and the prevention of future outbreaks. Given this continued interest, we ask that you preserve all documents and communications that may be relevant to understanding how the product was contaminated and distributed as well as the business practices of the NECC in general. In addition, we ask that you make arrangements with Committee staff to schedule a briefing on these matters to occur no later than October 18, 2012."
Joining Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Chairman Fred Upton in signing the letters were Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette, Chairman Cliff Stearns, Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., Chairman Joe Pitts, and Vice Chairman Michael C. Burgess.