NECC Sued After Meningitis Outbreak

Almost one year after a national outbreak of meningitis, Framington’s New England Compounding Center (NECC) is being sued in a multi-party lawsuit for negligence.

The NECC is currently undergoing an investigation as a result of the allegations, which state that it manufactured steroid shots containing harmful black mold. The shots were provided to medical facilities in at least 23 states and as a result, exposed thousands of patients to deadly fungal meningitis. After the shots were administered, the resulting exposure to meningitis left over 60 dead and hundreds more sickened.

The attorneys for the case are representing more than 300 plaintiffs from several different states, and they will be appearing at upcoming hearings before federal and bankruptcy judges in Boston, Massachusetts. Their aim is to move the lawsuit forward and locate additional defendants. Those defendants who are already a part of the lawsuit include the co-owners of NECC, namely Lisa and Barry Cadden and Greg Conigliaro. Attorney Peter McGrath, however, has stated the team is also seeking the maintenance company that was contracted at the Framingham, Massachusetts building where the outbreak originated. This maintenance company was responsible for the cleaning of the compound’s facilities and has been associated with as many as 30 additional clinics.

McGrath said he believes the plaintiffs should be receiving compensation for their medical troubles as a result of the outbreak. Since the owners of NECC have filed for bankruptcy, however, it may be difficult for the injured parties to recoup any of their medical expenses. One of McGrath’s clients includes a 46 year-old construction worker who is dealing with chronic pain, headaches and additional problems that stem as a result of his bout with meningitis. The man says the owners of NECC must be held accountable, and he believes their filing for bankruptcy is simply a ploy to try and discourage the victims from pursuing compensation.

The construction worker adds that his life now involves frequent trips to the doctor as he battles a number of diseases contracted during his bout with meningitis. His medical bills have risen to tens of thousands of dollars, and with no insurance, he is at the mercy of his own personal finances. Ultimately, he states, he wants an apology from NECC and the money it takes to recover from his injuries.