Manufacturer of allegedly contaminated steroid tries to distance itself from meningitis outbreak

While victims attempt to freeze the pharmacy’s assets, defense lawyers claim co-owners had nothing to do with events that led to the outbreak

Lawsuits against the manufacturer that made the allegedly contaminated steroids responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak across the nation are getting incredibly serious. Victims recently put forward a motion to freeze $500 million of the pharmacy’s assets.

But the New England Compounding Center (NECC) is fighting back. On Tuesday, the pharmacy’s lawyers told a federal judge that there is no evidence that the NECC’s owners directly participated in events leading to the fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 34 people so far, and affected almost 500. They also sought to block the plaintiffs’ motion to freeze assets.

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