Posted in Crime, Fungal Meningitis, Health, Justice, Pain

NECC: Killer Pharmacy

Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case


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.

From Newsweek’s Article:

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.”

Posted in Fungal Meningitis, Joy, Life, Pain

A Life Without Pain

Butterflies and rainbows
Rainbow and butterflies

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. ~ Richard Bach

Those who sow in tears; Shall reap in joy.
~ Psalms 126:5

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
~ Psalms 46:1-3

Or so they say. Personally, I believe my life would have had just as much meaning without falling victim to the New England Compounding Center (Framingham, MA) and their fungal-laden steroid that made it’s way into the epidural lining of my spinal cord.

I believe my previous struggles with broken legs after being hit by a car at age 13, nearly bleeding to death birthing two of my children among other fear-generating experiences should have been quite enough to build character so that I might become a useful contributor to society. I’m not yet convinced that losing my health, the best job I ever had, my income and the ability to enjoy physical activity has improved me as a person.

My “goal” in life these days is to read 250 books for the read-so-many-books-in-a-year challenge. Last year was 300. With that and five dollars I may be able to buy a cup of coffee.

Soon we “victims” of NECC and their conscienceless, unscrupulous practices will receive some compensation — after only three years of litigation and settlement negotiations. None of us have completely healed physically or otherwise. The compensation does not bring back lost wages or jobs or people who died (64) from this unprecedented public health calamity. So, no. I’m still waiting for the improbable silver lining to surround my personal mushroom cloud (otherwise known as my life) and not expecting to see anything rainbow-like when all is said and done.