Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a motion with the Indiana Pharmacy Board to suspend the state’s license of the Massachusetts pharmacy that has been linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak.
The New England Compounding Center suspended operations last month, but AG spokeswoman Erin Reese says the move is an attempt to prevent the pharmacy from doing any more business in the state, should it decide to resume operations.
“It is up to the board to determine what disciplinary action should be taken, if any,” she says. “There is also a chance that the pharmacy could offer up their license, or surrender their license at the next meeting as well.”
Reese says the attorney general’s motion petitions the board to suspend the compounding center’s license for 90 days. During that time, she says, the attorney general could file formal administrative actions against the pharmacy.
The outbreak has sickened 43 people in Indiana, and killed three. Nationwide, more than two dozen have died from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections.