NECC co-founder cites 5th Amendment, declines to testify

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November 14, 2012, 1:47 pm
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(NECN: Ally Donnelly) - Congressional hearings are underway into the deadly meningitis outbreak traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
Federal officials want more authority to police these pharmacies.

This is an emergency house hearing that's still going on. So far we've heard from legislators, the widow of one of the victims, the interim head of the Massachusetts Department of Health, the head of the FDA and Barry Cadden, co-founder of NECC, who when questioned by lawmakers, invoked his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination.

Thirty-two people have died and nearly 440 have gotten sick from fungal meningitis as a result of receiving contaminated steroid injections produced at the Framingham pharmacy.

It and its sister companies have been shut down and the state has taken steps to revoke its license. Lawmakers saved most of their anger and tense comments for the pharmacy co-founder and head of the FDA, but it was Joyce Lovelace who put a face to this tragedy.

Her husband of 56 years, a retired Kentucky judge, Eddie Lovelace, died after receiving two injections of the steroid for neck pain. Lovelace says the 78-year-old's death was ugly and unnecessary.

Ally Donnelly has more.

Tags: congress, FDA, Ally Donnelly, meningitis, framingham massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Health, New England Compounding Center, NECC, Barry Cadden, eddie lovelace, joyce lovelace
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Incident happened on King Caesar Rd. in Duxbury, Mass.