Hune requests MDCH pull license of suspected fungal meningitis originator

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LANSING, Mich.—On Monday the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced yet another fungal meningitis case, bringing number of cases in Michigan to 197 and 13 deaths.

Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, has urged the department to suspend the license of the suspected culprit. Hune has called on MDCH to suspend the license of the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which produced the contaminated steroid shots thought to be the cause of the outbreak.

“I once again demand the license be revoked,” said Hune. “I would like to see the department investigate this wrongdoing so we can prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

As of Wednesday, there have been 68 meningitis cases, 115 epidural abscesses, one stroke and 13 joint infections. The total of 197 infections is up from 196 in this weekend’s count.

In October an order of summary suspension, filed by Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette, was sent to the Bureau of Health Professions director. Upon its signature, this order will suspend the NECC’s license immediately, forcing the company to cease its operations in Michigan.

There are also numerous pending lawsuits against the pharmacy.

“With nearly 20 lawsuits against them, it’s irresponsible for the New England Compounding Center to keep their doors open amid this outbreak,” Hune said.