From Newsweek’s Article
“On September 24, 2010, a seemingly innocuous exchange of business cards during the Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center Association trade show held in Franklin, Tennessee initiated a sequence of events which would lead to “horrific, tortuous deaths of the first victims in a mass killing that trailed from New England to Tennessee, from Michigan to North Carolina.“
Ironically, that exchange of business cards occurred nearly two years to the day (September 25, 2012) when I was injected with an epidural steroid contaminated with fungus. Black mold. The kind of mold that requires a thorough cleaning and detoxification should it get into a home due to flooding. I didn’t die, obviously, but my health along with my occupation (which had defined me for nearly 30 years) was stolen from me. Far worse, 64 lives were stolen. Ripped from loved ones due to unimaginable greed and disregard for human life displayed by the actions of NECC (New England Compounding Center).
This was the worst U.S. public health disaster ever according to the CDC. I live in Michigan which is the state hardest hit by fungal meningitis. If this were a natural disaster, our state would have been granted funds to clean up the mess. After nearly three years, victims are still paying the price. Jobs lost, health compromised as well as continued need for medical intervention. Damage caused by fungal meningitis and/or the anti-fungal medication (side effects similar to chemotherapy as well as possible kidney or liver damage) still impact victims.
NECC was the culprit but federal and state regulators, those agencies put in place by government to protect citizens, did not adequately perform their job. Agencies too often overrun by bureaucracy, complacency or lacking the power to enforce regulations.
“Despite the scale of the killings and the scope of the investigations, the inside story of the events that led to the lethal outbreak and its discovery is being told for the first time here. Newsweek’s examination of the NECC deaths was pieced together from emails, order forms, investigators’ notes, drug company and court records, and sworn statements of participants, as well as interviews with people connected to the case.”