Lawsuit: pharmacy played role in meningitis death in 2004

Accused of giving 83-year-old man tainted shot

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Find out what you need to know about the meningitis and the outbreak that has killed at least 11 people and sickened more than 100 others.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - Long before the current rash of fungal meningitis, the compounding pharmacy suspected in the outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man's death in 2004.

Officials have identified Framingham, Mass., based-New England Compounding Center as the source of steroid shots suspected in the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis that has killed at least 12 people and made more than 130 others sick in 11 states.

Allegations of a shot tainted with a different form of meningitis were at the heart of a lawsuit filed against the company over the 2004 death.

An 83-year-old man died about a year and a half after receiving a shot produced by the company.

The outbreak has affected six Floridians in Marion County, including one man who died from receiving the shot, according to the Florida Health Department. Another man told Local 6 he was affected by the steroid, but doesn't have meningitis.

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