Senate Asks Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Questions Today After Few Answers Yesterday

In yesterday's long-awaited follow-up to the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, both NECC owner and co-founder Barry Cadden and FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg skirted questions.

Not surprisingly, Cadden invoked the Fifth Amendment, according to ABC News. He only showed up because the House Committee on Energy and Commerce subpoenaed him, as Boston.com reported on November 6.

According to a brief that NECC filed on November 7, the compounding pharmacy currently faces 28 fungal meningitis lawsuits "and estimates that hundreds of additional personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits will eventually be filed."

Hamburg, on the other hand, deflected blame when asked if the FDA could have prevented the fungal meningitis outbreak. Her reply "irritated" Republicans who were present at the hearing, ABC News reported.

And, in fact, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, reminded her that she was under oath and asked, “Can you ever give [a] straight answer to a question?”

The U.S. Senate will be asking the questions today.

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