The meningitis outbreak

Globe coverage of the outbreak tied to steroid shots from a compounding pharmacy in Framingham, which has killed dozens and sickened hundreds.

Some of those who died from the outbreak.


A wish for relief, a tainted drug, a tragic outcome

The meningitis outbreak caused by a Framingham pharmacy’s steroids cut short dozens of lives, leaving behind a web of anguish.

Rhonda Hall, who had a steroid injection, talked with Anurag Malani, infectious disease specialist at a Michigan hospital.

A deadly puzzle, and then a breakthrough

Physicians across the US faced mysterious and seemingly isolated cases that were part of a meningitis outbreak linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy.

State was lax on Framingham drug maker

State pharmacy regulators on at least two occasions in the past decade displayed indifference in their oversight of a troubled Framingham specialty pharmacy that has now been blamed for a national fungal meningitis outbreak, according to documents obtained by the Globe Tuesday. While state and federal regulators were investigating New England Compounding Center for problems with sterile drug preparation, the company’s lead pharmacist was chosen to serve on a state pharmacy board task force to write new rules for compounding pharmacies.

// Despite bacteria in labs, a clean pharmacy report

The Framingham firm linked to a meningitis outbreak told customers its labs were clean, but internal tests showed the contrary.

About the meningitis outbreak

The deadly US outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has killed dozens and sickened hundreds, has been link to a steroid shots from a Framingham compounding pharmacy. The outbreak, which is likely to lead to a flood of lawsuits, has also led the state to revoke the license for the New England Compounding Center, and to step up surprise inspections at similar companies in the state.

Westborough pharmacy

The Ameridose facvility in Westborough.

Shutdown spurs hunt for medication sources

Hospitals and the government are trying to ensure an uninterrupted supply of critical drugs after the disclosure of problems with sterility procedures at Ameridose.


Legal problems could multiply in meningitis outbreak

A nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a Framingham drug compounding pharmacy is likely to cause a flood of lawsuits, according to legal specialists.