Senate Grills FDA Commissioner Hamburg re: NECC Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Yesterday, it was the U.S. Senate's turn to question FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg about her agency's failure to follow up on NECC violations.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., enumerated NECC infractions from 2002 to 2006, when the FDA sent the compounding pharmacy a warning letter.

"Finally, we get something done!" Roberts shouted, per NBC News. But the FDA never did anything beyond that. "What am I missing here?" Roberts asked.

Hamburg conceded that the FDA "can do better," but that acknowledgment comes too late for Kentucky resident Joyce Lovelace, who testified about the death of 78-year-old husband and judge Eddie Lovelace, and Michigan resident Margaret Snopkowski, who was one of the first to contract fungal meningitis, according to NBC News.

Snopkowski began suffering headaches and other symptoms a week after her September 13 epidural steroid injection. Her clinic then called to tell her she was given an injection from one of the contaminated vials.

"Of course, I panicked," she said.

Snopkowski's 27-year-old daughter gave birth to her first grandchild as she lay in a hospital room on antifungal drugs.

"Snopkowski is frustrated at the interruption in her work and her life, especially time with her daughter and the new baby," NBC reported. She's filed a fungal meningitis outbreak lawsuit against NECC for its negligence.

"It's 2012; this shouldn't be happening," her daughter stated.

If you’ve suffered fungal meningitis symptoms or the loss of a loved one, please contact our fungal meningitis outbreak attorneys.


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