Mass. Pharmacy Chief Fired Over Meningitis
He ignored complaint that it was selling drugs illegally
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 8, 2012 8:56 AM CST
A vial of injectable steroids from the New England Compounding Center is displayed in the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall)

(Newser) – Massachusetts has fired the director of its Board of Pharmacy for failing to follow up on a complaint against the New England Compounding Center—the facility behind the recent meningitis outbreak. Colorado's pharmacy board had complained that the center was illegally selling medicine to Colorado hospitals without prescriptions, and demanded it be shut down, the Wall Street Journal explains.

Director James Coffey forwarded that complaint to a board lawyer, but that lawyer took no action, and Coffey never followed up. The state's interim health commissioner called that "incomprehensible" given that concerns had been raised about the NECC in the past, so Coffey is out of a job. The lawyer he forwarded the complaint to has been placed on administrative leave.

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butterbutterbutter
Nov 12, 2012 12:43 PM CST
This guy should pull a japanese ceo seppuku and throw himself off a building in shame
rosarians
Nov 10, 2012 7:10 AM CST
This is what happens when there are no regulations. When we have more regulations, less people die. The Progressives have a mandate to install more regulations.
fred.lapides
Nov 8, 2012 9:42 AM CST
the lawyer on administrative leave? what does that mean? Is he being investigated, charges being brought etc or just a time out corner .. fact" compounding companies NOT regulated the way pharmaceutical companies are! they need to be