Pharmacy suspected in outbreak surrenders license

Pharmacy suspected in outbreak surrenders license (Image 1)
Pharmacy suspected in outbreak surrenders license (Image 1)

By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy has effectively revoked the license of the pharmacy that distributed injectable steroids suspected of causing a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.

In an emergency meeting on Monday, the board voted 7-0 to accept the voluntary surrender of the New England Compounding Center's license.

Department of Health attorney John Smith said the action has the same effect as a revocation and is understood to be a formal disciplinary action.

Board members questioned why action was not taken more quickly. They also expressed concern that the pharmacist in charge of the facility is still licensed in Tennessee.

Smith said the pharmacist, Barry Cadden, has also agreed to surrender his license. Smith expects to call another emergency meeting once the details of that agreement are worked out.

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