Thursday, October 25, 2012
For those following the investigation of the meningitis outbreak the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a preliminary report which links the outbreaks to apparently unsterile conditions at the New England Compounding Center (NECC). Meanwhile, confirmed cases continue with the latest being identified in South Carolina. Most recently, the CDC reports that the death toll is now 24. The CDC now believes that “patients are most at risk for developing fungal meningitis within the first 6 weeks (42 days) after receiving their last injection in the back (epidural or paraspinal) with contaminated steroid medication from the New England Compounding Center.” The blog Pharma Watchdog continues to monitor this and other pharmaceutical related legal issues. If this case has sparked particular interest for someone not already involved in teaching public health law, the American Public Health Association has some terrific resource material on Public Health Law in general.
Concluding with more on the topic of public health, this weekend marks the beginning of the APHA’s annual meeting which takes place this year in San Francisco. As always, the law section is offering a plethora of high quality programs. I will be there and look forward to seeing other health law profs.