A Nashville clinic where dozens of patients received a tainted steroid and became sick with meningitis has filed a billion dollar lawsuit.

The Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical center filed the $1.17 billion claim against the New England Compounding Center. The now-bankrupt company is blamed for making the steroid that led to a nationwide meningitis outbreak.

The outbreak killed 64 patients and sickened more than 750.

The state health department and pharmacy board have filed a separate $10 million claim to get money for victims.

Lawyers representing that lawsuit criticized Saint Thomas. They said the clinic helped contribute to the deaths and questioned why the clinic is seeking that much money.

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