Owners of the former New England pharmacy that produced tainted steroids blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012 agreed to pay $100 million to victims and creditors.
Under the agreement, the owners of the New England Compounding Pharmacy will contribute $100 million to a compensation fund. The proceeds will be shared among the company's creditors, as well as the more than 700 reported victims of the tainted epidural steroid injections shipped out of NECC's facility in Framingham, Mass.
In December 2012, the owners of NECC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced fungal contamination of medication that the company shipped to 75 medical facilities across 23 states. They were administered to about 14,000 patients.
A total of 64 people died and more than 750 people suffered infections after they were injected.
Under the terms of the agreement, the company's owners are required to fund the compensation with cash proceeds, insurance, tax refunds and the sale of a business. Agreement terms must be approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The outbreak triggered new scrutiny on the regulation of compounding pharmacies that mix large quantities of drugs, which the Food and Drug Administration claimed was largely under the jurisdiction of state authorities. Under a law enacted in November, large compounders are invited to register with the FDA and subject themselves to inspections.
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