Sen. Alexander among lawmakers learning more about meningitis outbreak

5:21 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
The New England Compounding Center is shown here on October 5, 2012 in Framingham, Massachusetts. The pharmacy is currently being investigated for producing a contaminated steroid shot that included the meningitis fungus that has killed at least five people. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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As the investigation into the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak continues, Senator Lamar Alexander joined lawmakers on Thursday to learn more about what happened.

It was part of a Senate committee hearing. Lawmakers looked at state and federal oversight of the New England Compounding Center, the source of the contaminated steroid injection.

They said the NECC's shortcomings were well documented, and noted a lack of regulation over the compounding pharmacy. They discussed missed opportunities to inspect or shut down the lab.

Lawmakers say they also want to focus on how to prevent a situation like this in the future. This follows a similar House of Representative committee meeting on Wednesday.

The meningitis outbreak sickened more than 400 people, killing 13 in Tennessee alone.

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