WASHINGTON (WHTC) - Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) will hold a hearing today on the meningitis outbreak apparently caused by tainted steroids. The chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has subpoenaed the owner of the Massachusetts laboratory that is at the center of the outbreak, along with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, and Massachusetts commonwealth officials.
Upton says that Hamburg and her staff have been cooperative. However, Barry Cadden of the New England Compounding Center hasn’t been as helpful, and he may take the Fifth Amendment to avoid being prosecuted for anything he might say before the committee.
Nearly 440 people have been infected in 19 states, with 32 dying as a result of the shots that were given to address patients’ back pain.