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(Boston.com)   "Why did your pharmacy kill 32 people?" "I'd love to explain, but my lawyer says I shouldn't"   (boston.com) divider line 115
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2012-11-14 01:34:41 PM  
They was home.

i.thestar.com
 
2012-11-14 02:02:57 PM  
Sounds like a good lawyer.
 
2012-11-14 02:04:26 PM  
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

REPEAL THE 5TH AMENDMENT!

I'M GOING TO START A PETITION!
 
2012-11-14 02:05:17 PM  
Since You were never born there was no one to stop Mr Gower.
 
2012-11-14 02:05:57 PM  

"Why did your pharmacy kill 32 people?"


I guess the pharmacy owner's name is...

*sunglasses*

Mort.


YEEEAAAAHHHH!!!
 
2012-11-14 02:08:17 PM  
And this, my friends, is why corporate personhood is bullshiat.

If I killed 32 people, via negligence (or perhaps *willful negligence*), I would

A) Be facing a shiat-ton of manslaughter charges AT THE VERY LEAST, or perhaps even negligent homicide, or even murder.

B) I would not be able to use the defense of "Oh, honestly, your honor, my brain didn't know what my hand was doing. My hand acted independently of the wishes of myself and I bear no responsibility for its actions. (Because, I would think, the CEO of a company is analogous to the brain/mind. Otherwise, WTF are they paid for?)
 
2012-11-14 02:08:58 PM  
Because George wasn't there to stop him.www.gonemovies.com
 
2012-11-14 02:09:10 PM  
Ill take poor sterile practice and product control for 300 Alex.
 
2012-11-14 02:09:13 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Since You were never born there was no one to stop Mr Gower.


Came here for this. What a pharmacist who needs to invoke the 5th might look like...
 
2012-11-14 02:11:16 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: "Why did your pharmacy kill 32 people?"


I guess the pharmacy owner's name is...

*sunglasses*

Mort.


YEEEAAAAHHHH!!!


I'm pretty sure Mort was too busy being death's apprentice to do something this foolish, Mr. Slut Bunwalla!
/Ringlebert fischybuns.
//Jerry Dorsey.
 
2012-11-14 02:11:52 PM  
They haven't discovered the joys of lots of pot and vodka mixed with Red Bull.
 
2012-11-14 02:16:03 PM  

Felgraf


I'm pretty sure Mort was too busy being death's apprentice to do something this foolish, Mr. Slut Bunwalla!


Actually it was just a stupid Latin pun: kill, death, mort (as in mortality).

The Family Guy connection was secondary but not unappreciated and holy crap I'm a nerd.

PS Zenglebert Bambledack
 
2012-11-14 02:16:40 PM  

SnyderCat: They haven't discovered the joys of lots of pot and vodka mixed with Red Bull.


what joy? that sounds pretty ghay
 
2012-11-14 02:18:15 PM  
That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?
 
2012-11-14 02:19:31 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Felgraf

I'm pretty sure Mort was too busy being death's apprentice to do something this foolish, Mr. Slut Bunwalla!


Actually it was just a stupid Latin pun: kill, death, mort (as in mortality).

The Family Guy connection was secondary but not unappreciated and holy crap I'm a nerd.

PS Zenglebert Bambledack


Whatever you say, Steviebuns Bottrittrundle
 
2012-11-14 02:20:24 PM  

Felgraf: And this, my friends, is why corporate personhood is bullshiat.

If I killed 32 people, via negligence (or perhaps *willful negligence*), I would

A) Be facing a shiat-ton of manslaughter charges AT THE VERY LEAST, or perhaps even negligent homicide, or even murder.

B) I would not be able to use the defense of "Oh, honestly, your honor, my brain didn't know what my hand was doing. My hand acted independently of the wishes of myself and I bear no responsibility for its actions. (Because, I would think, the CEO of a company is analogous to the brain/mind. Otherwise, WTF are they paid for?)


You'd probably also be in an actual court, with judges and lawyers and bailiffs and such. Unless you really want your fate to be judged by an arbitrary panel of politicians, of course.
 
2012-11-14 02:20:54 PM  
Big questions have been raised about oversight from both state and federal regulators who repeatedly found problems at the pharmacy but did little about them.

More proof that regulation doesn't work and we should just get rid of it.
 
2012-11-14 02:22:00 PM  

Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?


Ancient Chinese secret.
 
2012-11-14 02:22:12 PM  

Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?


I'm sure Obama's "job killing regulations" are behind all this. You know, those regulations Romney vowed to repeal so "job creators" could get busy making jobs? It was probably one of those that put that fungus in the drugs.

/that, or the cost cutting, penny pinching attitude that most corporations have when there isn't a regulation making them do something
 
2012-11-14 02:23:17 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Actually it was just a stupid Latin pun: kill, death, mort (as in mortality).

The Family Guy connection was secondary but not unappreciated and holy crap I'm a nerd.

PS Zenglebert Bambledack


Actually I was trying to make a Discworld reference and just continuing with sillyness.
/Anglebert Humperdink.
 
2012-11-14 02:25:43 PM  
And given that the factory is in Framingham people should be thankful that the drugs were only tainted with fungal meningitis. I'm surprised they didn't find meth, cockroaches and drunk driving illegal immigrants in there, too.

/What, we're on the air?
//I don't believe you
 
2012-11-14 02:26:06 PM  

Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?


Poor sterile practice.
 
2012-11-14 02:28:49 PM  
You see, this will happen with socialised medicine.
 
2012-11-14 02:30:29 PM  

BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.


Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?
 
2012-11-14 02:35:16 PM  

buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?


That's what I'm wondering. I understand that they were probably sloppy with contamination but how the fark did they end up with farking fungal meningitis in there?!?
 
2012-11-14 02:36:43 PM  
FTA: "He has done so in the hope that his efforts may minimize any further potential risk to the public health."

And minimize the emphasis on the fact his irresponsible disregard to proper sterilization has lead to at least 32 deaths.
 
2012-11-14 02:36:53 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: SnyderCat: They haven't discovered the joys of lots of pot and vodka mixed with Red Bull.

what joy? that sounds pretty ghay



don't knock it til you try it. There is more to life than jack and coke. Personally, I'm tired of both.
 
2012-11-14 02:37:07 PM  

Jument: buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

That's what I'm wondering. I understand that they were probably sloppy with contamination but how the fark did they end up with farking fungal meningitis in there?!?


that was me, my bad.

/kidding.
 
2012-11-14 02:39:37 PM  
You're Honor, I'd like to evoke the Dave Chappelle clause to prevent self incrimination
 
2012-11-14 02:40:14 PM  

Felgraf


Actually I was trying to make a Discworld reference and just continuing with sillyness.


Ah, sorry. I've heard of Pratchett but haven't read any of his work.
 
2012-11-14 02:41:08 PM  

buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?


Fungus? Yes, that stuff is pretty common in the air of a non sterile environment. "Meningitis" describes the inflammation it causes (of the outer covering of the brain/spinal cord), not a quality of the fungus.
 
2012-11-14 02:42:05 PM  

tommyl66: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Ancient Chinese secret.


i.ytimg.com
 
2012-11-14 02:42:16 PM  

SnyderCat: Jon iz teh kewl: SnyderCat: They haven't discovered the joys of lots of pot and vodka mixed with Red Bull.

what joy? that sounds pretty ghay


don't knock it til you try it. There is more to life than jack and coke. Personally, I'm tired of both.


i mean it sounds good. but i actually prefer waffles and milk

i drink more milk than Mitt Romney
 
2012-11-14 02:42:21 PM  

Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?


The man in charge was very popular and gregarious. You could say he was a fun guy.
 
2012-11-14 02:42:37 PM  

buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?


Well, fungal meningitis is a just general term that just means a fungal infection that causes meningitis (swelling and irritation of protective tissue in the brain and spinal cord.) In this case it was aspergillis, cladosproium, and rostratum which are all very common and you're probably breathing them in right now.
 
2012-11-14 02:43:47 PM  

benzene: buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

Fungus? Yes, that stuff is pretty common in the air of a non sterile environment. "Meningitis" describes the inflammation it causes (of the outer covering of the brain/spinal cord), not a quality of the fungus.


I understood that; I just meant the fungal contaminant. Sounds like really, really bad procedure. Hell, I'd bet my homebrewing rig was more sterile.
 
2012-11-14 02:45:28 PM  
Why did your pharmacy kill 32 people?

The quarterly projections didn't provide the anticipated revenue to comply with the burdensome sterilization regulations and meet contractually required executive retention payments during the same expenditure cycle.
 
2012-11-14 02:45:43 PM  

buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?


Basically, yeah. There's fungal spores pretty much fugging *everywhere*, but, well, normally you're not injecting them into your blood stream/spine with a needle, nor are you giving them a pretty damn nutrient rich environment before doing so, so it's kind of less of a problem.

The meningitis is just what it causes (sort of like how there's bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis.) Think of it like, hrm. A bad cough-it can be caused by a virus, or bacteria, or fungal infection.
/A bad cough IN YOUR BRAIN.
//Not a doctor.
 
2012-11-14 02:46:38 PM  

wingnut396: Why did your pharmacy kill 32 people?

The quarterly projections didn't provide the anticipated revenue to comply with the burdensome sterilization regulations and meet contractually required executive retention payments during the same expenditure cycle.


Sadly, that's probably what it comes down to.
 
2012-11-14 02:46:56 PM  

fireclown: Sounds like a good lawyer.


Yep. You have nothing to gain by talking to the cops.
 
2012-11-14 02:47:18 PM  

Jument: buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

That's what I'm wondering. I understand that they were probably sloppy with contamination but how the fark did they end up with farking fungal meningitis in there?!?


They had fungus in there. Meningitis is an inflammatory disease; in this case, it was caused by fungus. Link
 
2012-11-14 02:47:23 PM  

buckler: Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?


Technically, yes. That's exactly what it does. Aspergillus spores are pretty much everywhere you find air. The stuff is even on the international space station. Heck, there's a greater-than-zero chance we've (inadvertently) sent some up to grow own mars.
 
2012-11-14 02:49:14 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Jument: buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

That's what I'm wondering. I understand that they were probably sloppy with contamination but how the fark did they end up with farking fungal meningitis in there?!?

They had fungus in there. Meningitis is an inflammatory disease; in this case, it was caused by fungus. Link


Thanks all. I get it now. Obviously IANAB.
 
2012-11-14 02:49:30 PM  

The Larch: buckler: Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

Technically, yes. That's exactly what it does. Aspergillus spores are pretty much everywhere you find air. The stuff is even on the international space station. Heck, there's a greater-than-zero chance we've (inadvertently) sent some up to grow own mars.


yeah, I heard that some guy broke sterile protocol, and may have gotten some to Mars.
 
2012-11-14 02:52:53 PM  
And I think he should plead the Fifth in front of Congress. Of course, I do not think that this issue should be before a Congressional hearing. If there is any evidence of wrongdoing on his part then he needs to be standing before a judge, not a politician.
 
2012-11-14 02:53:04 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: SnyderCat: Jon iz teh kewl: SnyderCat: They haven't discovered the joys of lots of pot and vodka mixed with Red Bull.

what joy? that sounds pretty ghay


don't knock it til you try it. There is more to life than jack and coke. Personally, I'm tired of both.

i mean it sounds good. but i actually prefer waffles and milk

i drink more milk than Mitt Romney


Horrible Barack Obama

FTFS

I didn't know that was possible.\

How about French toast with whipped cream and fresh strawberries? Perfect breakfast :)
 
2012-11-14 02:53:40 PM  

ApeShaft: fireclown: Sounds like a good lawyer.

Yep. You have nothing to gain by talking to the cops.


Might get you a nice ride in prison?
 
2012-11-14 02:54:53 PM  

fireclown: Sounds like a good lawyer.


Looking at the history of people who've taken the 5th in front of Congress, maybe not so much.

Even if the guy was grossly and willfully negligent, he was better off talking (and giving nice, vague answers). As it is, he just signed his own arrest warrant.
 
2012-11-14 02:55:51 PM  

SnyderCat: ApeShaft: fireclown: Sounds like a good lawyer.

Yep. You have nothing to gain by talking to the cops.

Might get you a nice ride in prison?


Maybe on a train! WOO WOO!
 
2012-11-14 02:56:44 PM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Big questions have been raised about oversight from both state and federal regulators who repeatedly found problems at the pharmacy but did little about them.

More proof that regulation doesn't work and we should just get rid of it.


Oh, it "works". It lets managers continue to operate and say "Don't blame me, they told me it was okay."
 
2012-11-14 03:03:18 PM  
Page Two!
 
2012-11-14 03:04:37 PM  
Listen, and understand. That pharmacy is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead
 
2012-11-14 03:07:42 PM  

Lord Summerisle: You see, this will happen with socialised medicine.


I blame Romneycare.
 
2012-11-14 03:10:36 PM  

buckler: SnyderCat: ApeShaft: fireclown: Sounds like a good lawyer.

Yep. You have nothing to gain by talking to the cops.

Might get you a nice ride in prison?

Maybe on a train! WOO WOO!


Conrail FTW.

*giggity*
 
2012-11-14 03:11:24 PM  

wingnut396: Why did your pharmacy kill 32 people?

The quarterly projections didn't provide the anticipated revenue to comply with the burdensome sterilization regulations and meet contractually required executive retention payments during the same expenditure cycle.


You sir are a team player, and obviously think outside the box. If you can include a Pareto chart or two within your presentation I believe we will have a win win for corporate!
 
2012-11-14 03:14:16 PM  

BronyMedic: Ill take poor sterile practice and product control for 300 Alex.


This, especially when they were already cited.
 
2012-11-14 03:15:12 PM  

SnyderCat: They haven't discovered the joys of lots of pot and vodka mixed with Red Bull.


Pot, vodka, and red bull for excruciating back pain?
 
2012-11-14 03:17:00 PM  
CEO practicing with lawyer:
"Why are 32 people dead? Because it was more profitable to skimp on QC. Any more questions?"

Lawyer to CEO:
"I think you better just plead the 5th."
 
2012-11-14 03:18:02 PM  
I feel bad for the victim in this that both he and his wife got injections, both got meningitis, and his wife didn't make it.

Just TERRIBLE.
 
2012-11-14 03:22:46 PM  

MattyFridays: SnyderCat: They haven't discovered the joys of lots of pot and vodka mixed with Red Bull.

Pot, vodka, and red bull for excruciating back pain?


Something in the genital vicinity, yes.

Oh, I am so going to hell.
 
2012-11-14 03:23:22 PM  
As someone who had a 4cm3 tumor removed from my brain shortly after this story broke and was going on a regiment of injected steroids to keep brain swelling at a minimum, I was really freaked the fark out and asked anyone and everyone each time I was due for an injection who the steroid manufacturer was, until the charge nurse came in and told me they have never used that company.
 
2012-11-14 03:25:32 PM  
FTA: " The pharmacy board historically has been made up of pharmacists."

See no problem here. Congress oversees itself. Lawyers oversee themselves. Realtors oversee themselves. And (wait for it!): Police police police.

You are welcome.
 
2012-11-14 03:32:46 PM  

crabsno termites: Police police police.


Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo.
 
2012-11-14 03:35:15 PM  
Thanks everyone for explaining better than I could at the moment.

iPhone + yearly clinical skills fair doesn't let me be very snarky.
 
2012-11-14 03:35:43 PM  

buckler: crabsno termites: Police police police.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo.


gifsoup.com
 
2012-11-14 03:36:54 PM  

BronyMedic: Thanks everyone for explaining better than I could at the moment.

iPhone + yearly clinical skills fair doesn't let me be very snarky.


Thanks anyway at the moment. Wasn't sure if it was fluid or airborne transmission, or just generally bad conditions.
 
2012-11-14 03:37:57 PM  

ChipNASA: buckler: crabsno termites: Police police police.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

[gifsoup.com image 320x232]


Snake, jerk.
 
2012-11-14 03:38:17 PM  
This just in from the no shiat sherlock department!
 
2012-11-14 03:41:35 PM  

Felgraf: And this, my friends, is why corporate personhood is bullshiat.

If I killed 32 people, via negligence (or perhaps *willful negligence*), I would

A) Be facing a shiat-ton of manslaughter charges AT THE VERY LEAST, or perhaps even negligent homicide, or even murder.

B) I would not be able to use the defense of "Oh, honestly, your honor, my brain didn't know what my hand was doing. My hand acted independently of the wishes of myself and I bear no responsibility for its actions. (Because, I would think, the CEO of a company is analogous to the brain/mind. Otherwise, WTF are they paid for?)


The 5th Amendment doesn't apply to CIVIL matters, of getting sued. It's only for criminal cases, where you'd actual jail is on the table for you. Personally. Not "someone in your company", you can't plead the 5th to protect ANYONE ELSE.
 
2012-11-14 03:45:05 PM  
It appears his problems are compounding
 
2012-11-14 03:48:32 PM  

Oznog: Felgraf: And this, my friends, is why corporate personhood is bullshiat.

If I killed 32 people, via negligence (or perhaps *willful negligence*), I would

A) Be facing a shiat-ton of manslaughter charges AT THE VERY LEAST, or perhaps even negligent homicide, or even murder.

B) I would not be able to use the defense of "Oh, honestly, your honor, my brain didn't know what my hand was doing. My hand acted independently of the wishes of myself and I bear no responsibility for its actions. (Because, I would think, the CEO of a company is analogous to the brain/mind. Otherwise, WTF are they paid for?)

The 5th Amendment doesn't apply to CIVIL matters, of getting sued. It's only for criminal cases, where you'd actual jail is on the table for you. Personally. Not "someone in your company", you can't plead the 5th to protect ANYONE ELSE.


Well you can if it would incriminate you too
 
2012-11-14 03:54:43 PM  

stickandmove: It appears his problems are compounding


And he never even managed to make gold.
 
2012-11-14 03:55:52 PM  

Kit Fister: Jument: buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

That's what I'm wondering. I understand that they were probably sloppy with contamination but how the fark did they end up with farking fungal meningitis in there?!?

that was me, my bad.

/kidding.


kithfans.com

Bruce?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-14 03:57:30 PM  
Felgraf

The human principals of the company may face criminal charges. They have already lost their professional licenses and been named in civil suits. In highly regulated fields like engineering and medicine a company's operations must be supervised by a license holder. The licensed pharmacists had a duty to see that proper standards were complied with, unlike the CEO of a tech company who can plead ignorance and designate a fall guy.
 
2012-11-14 03:58:56 PM  
Fif!

1, 2, 3, 4, Fif!
 
2012-11-14 03:59:53 PM  
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Senator: How do...

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Tron: Fiiiiiiiiiiiiif!
 
2012-11-14 04:00:44 PM  

Ready-set: Fif!

1, 2, 3, 4, Fif!


Curse you! You won this round...
 
2012-11-14 04:04:49 PM  

Oznog: Felgraf: And this, my friends, is why corporate personhood is bullshiat.

If I killed 32 people, via negligence (or perhaps *willful negligence*), I would

A) Be facing a shiat-ton of manslaughter charges AT THE VERY LEAST, or perhaps even negligent homicide, or even murder.

B) I would not be able to use the defense of "Oh, honestly, your honor, my brain didn't know what my hand was doing. My hand acted independently of the wishes of myself and I bear no responsibility for its actions. (Because, I would think, the CEO of a company is analogous to the brain/mind. Otherwise, WTF are they paid for?)

The 5th Amendment doesn't apply to CIVIL matters, of getting sued. It's only for criminal cases, where you'd actual jail is on the table for you. Personally. Not "someone in your company", you can't plead the 5th to protect ANYONE ELSE.


Yes, but I would also still, you know, probably already have been arrested if I did that.

Or did I miss something? Has this guy been arrested?
 
2012-11-14 04:09:14 PM  

buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?


i48.tinypic.com 

You know that garbage stink you smell at a bottle return (if your state does that)? That same junk and worse came into the facility through the air, people's clothes, etc. This was a family business that shared employees with the other family business, garbage recycling.
 
2012-11-14 04:16:35 PM  

UsikFark: You know that garbage stink you smell at a bottle return (if your state does that)? That same junk and worse came into the facility through the air, people's clothes, etc. This was a family business that shared employees with the other family business, garbage recycling.


Please, please, please tell me that you are joking. Tell me that this is not true, and tell me in a way that I can believe you, so that I can sleep tonight.
 
2012-11-14 04:22:27 PM  

Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?


Sloppy lab practices. All that needs to have happened is for the contaminant to have entered the processing equipment for one batch (or two, I don't know exactly how the process works). And poor quality control. They should have been pulling and testing a random 10% of all final products and obviously were not.

Some of it can be thrown off on the state inspectors, of course, who should also have been doing testing; but I'm not about to let the private business get away with that. You can't demand less regulation and then hide behind those same regs when you get caught with dirty equipment.
 
2012-11-14 04:22:32 PM  

Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?


Haven't read this whole thread, so forgive me if this already been cleared up.
My hospital purchased drugs from them up until this happened, so we've sort of been following it closely. My understanding of it was that the compounding rooms, which are supposed to be sterile obviously, were not being air conditioned when the place was closed for the evenings.
 
2012-11-14 04:24:11 PM  

ZAZ: Felgraf

The human principals of the company may face criminal charges. They have already lost their professional licenses and been named in civil suits. In highly regulated fields like engineering and medicine a company's operations must be supervised by a license holder. The licensed pharmacists had a duty to see that proper standards were complied with, unlike the CEO of a tech company who can plead ignorance and designate a fall guy.


Congressional testimony rules are "weird". I mean they lack the rules, defined purpose, and privacy of a court hearing. And it's on the Legislative branch, not Judicial, which is a wildly different context. There's a shiatton of rules on what a prosecutor can ask, and the prosecutor's a career professional at this specific job. This is just empowered Legislators with little professional obligation, control, or rules.

Often grandstanding with a biased, openly accusatory speech for the cameras, and the actual question is lost. Then the questioner covers at the end with "what do you have to say about that?" to TECHNICALLY make a question out of it. Of course once you've framed a question like "What we want to know is, did you plan to kill people INTENTIONALLY, or were you simply grossly negligent?" it's kinda hard to answer. You wouldn't find that sort of manipulative leading question in a civil or criminal court, the defense would object and the judge won't allow it. But no judge presides over this to maintain a modicum of fair procedure.
 
2012-11-14 04:28:19 PM  

The Larch: UsikFark: You know that garbage stink you smell at a bottle return (if your state does that)? That same junk and worse came into the facility through the air, people's clothes, etc. This was a family business that shared employees with the other family business, garbage recycling.

Please, please, please tell me that you are joking. Tell me that this is not true, and tell me in a way that I can believe you, so that I can sleep tonight.


close your eyes, then.

Conigliaro Industries offers Total Recycling Services.

i47.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-14 04:29:56 PM  
"Why did your pharmacy kill 32 people?"

Because we are a corporation and we can. Once again, another miracle of science -- painful death -- brought to us by the magic of the market place and the millionaire "job creators" we should continue rewarding with tax breaks.
 
2012-11-14 04:31:38 PM  

Bendal: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

I'm sure Obama's "job killing regulations" are behind all this. You know, those regulations Romney vowed to repeal so "job creators" could get busy making jobs? It was probably one of those that put that fungus in the drugs.

/that, or the cost cutting, penny pinching attitude that most corporations have when there isn't a regulation making them do something


My father in law is somewhat centre-right for Canada. But he has a really sensible idea about this "Companies want to make as much money as possible, governments need to regulate things so partnering companies are making the most money when they do what the government wants them to."
 
2012-11-14 04:34:51 PM  

The Larch: UsikFark: You know that garbage stink you smell at a bottle return (if your state does that)? That same junk and worse came into the facility through the air, people's clothes, etc. This was a family business that shared employees with the other family business, garbage recycling.

Please, please, please tell me that you are joking. Tell me that this is not true, and tell me in a way that I can believe you, so that I can sleep tonight.


Also, here is another picture:

c.o0bg.com 

HERE is an elaboration on my "family business" point, so you know I'm not full of shiat.
 
2012-11-14 04:38:27 PM  

UsikFark:

close your eyes, then.

Conigliaro Industries offers Total Recycling Services.

[i47.tinypic.com image 640x344]


You sir just blew my mind. As a lab manager in the Boston/Cambridge area I've used Conigliaro in the past. If I remember correctly they're one of the only places that will take styrofoam for recycling. I had no idea they were connected to this. Building a new facility and will not be using them for my recycling anymore.
 
2012-11-14 04:57:16 PM  
Remember, it's not just the poor sterilization. From what I understand, as a compounding pharmacy they weren't supposed to be creating large batches of ANYTHING for sale on the mass market. They were supposed to only be filling existing, specific prescriptions.

I see people speaking as if this were some massive pharmaceutical company. It's not. It's basically a glorified warehouse located in a relatively small business park, for God's sake. They had NO business selling what they were selling. I just wonder how long they were able to get away with it before the obvious happened.
 
2012-11-14 04:57:56 PM  

ZAZ: The human principals of the company may face criminal charges. They have already lost their professional licenses and been named in civil suits. In highly regulated fields like engineering and medicine a company's operations must be supervised by a license holder. The licensed pharmacists had a duty to see that proper standards were complied with, unlike the CEO of a tech company who can plead ignorance and designate a fall guy.


Okay. That makes me feel better. Sorry, just.. so many cases out there (like the whole Union Carbide incident) where higher-ups hide behind corporate structure to escape actually paying a pentalty (or only paying a monetary one) for, among other things, causing the deaths of people.
 
2012-11-14 05:04:03 PM  

Prospero424: Remember, it's not just the poor sterilization. From what I understand, as a compounding pharmacy they weren't supposed to be creating large batches of ANYTHING for sale on the mass market. They were supposed to only be filling existing, specific prescriptions.

I see people speaking as if this were some massive pharmaceutical company. It's not. It's basically a glorified warehouse located in a relatively small business park, for God's sake. They had NO business selling what they were selling. I just wonder how long they were able to get away with it before the obvious happened.


From what I understand, there were several complaints about their products prior to this whole fiasco. The problem is the Mass Board of Pharmacy chose not to do anything about the complaints. I hear people are being fired for it now though.
 
2012-11-14 05:14:03 PM  

wholedamnshow: Prospero424: Remember, it's not just the poor sterilization. From what I understand, as a compounding pharmacy they weren't supposed to be creating large batches of ANYTHING for sale on the mass market. They were supposed to only be filling existing, specific prescriptions.

I see people speaking as if this were some massive pharmaceutical company. It's not. It's basically a glorified warehouse located in a relatively small business park, for God's sake. They had NO business selling what they were selling. I just wonder how long they were able to get away with it before the obvious happened.

From what I understand, there were several complaints about their products prior to this whole fiasco. The problem is the Mass Board of Pharmacy chose not to do anything about the complaints. I hear people are being fired for it now though.


Wait, when did those complaints come in? I vaguely recall hearing something about Mitt Romney being connected with this company, but that may very well have been complete bullcrap, given everything that was flying around during the election.
 
2012-11-14 05:18:02 PM  

Felgraf: Wait, when did those complaints come in?


details

Lawmakers probing the U.S. meningitis outbreak are focusing on why the pharmacy linked to this year's infections didn't receive greater scrutiny when potential regulatory violations were found six years ago.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter yesterday to Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, asking her about inspections at New England Compounding Center dating to 2004. The committee cited an FDA warning in 2006 of "potential microbial contamination" and asked the agency to document what follow-up occurred.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-14 05:20:12 PM  
Felgraf

Pharmacy regulators are appointed by the governor. So Deval Patrick is to blame. And Mitt Romney. And Jane Swift.
 
2012-11-14 05:31:17 PM  

Bendal: I'm sure Obama's "job killing regulations" are behind all this. You know, those regulations Romney vowed to repeal so "job creators" could get busy making jobs? It was probably one of those that put that fungus in the drugs.

/that, or the cost cutting, penny pinching attitude that most corporations have when there isn't a regulation making them do something


"Big questions have been raised about oversight from both state and federal regulators who repeatedly found problems at the pharmacy but did little about them."

Clearly we need new regulators to regulate the regulators and ensure that they regulate what they are supposed to be regulating. As an extra safety step, we should also add regulator regulator regulators, whose job would be to regulate the regulator regulators.

/derp
 
2012-11-14 05:37:27 PM  

wholedamnshow: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Haven't read this whole thread, so forgive me if this already been cleared up.
My hospital purchased drugs from them up until this happened, so we've sort of been following it closely. My understanding of it was that the compounding rooms, which are supposed to be sterile obviously, were not being air conditioned when the place was closed for the evenings.



Prospero424: Remember, it's not just the poor sterilization. From what I understand, as a compounding pharmacy they weren't supposed to be creating large batches of ANYTHING for sale on the mass market. They were supposed to only be filling existing, specific prescriptions.


Correct. A compounding pharmacy should have prescriptions for every drop of medication that leaves the pharmacy. No "For office use".

I do very little sterile compounding, usually only high strength ophthalmic antibiotics.

If you do not have a rx for each drop of medication that leaves the store, you are then a manufacturer, and have to play by a whole different set of rules. Pharmacies are regulated by each individual state, manufactures are regulated by the feds.

There are even some who say compounded prescriptions should not be sold across state lines due to federal regulation of interstate commerce.

I fear the federal government is now going to try to regulate compounding pharmacies due to this major clusterfark.
 
2012-11-14 05:39:53 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Since You were never born there was no one to stop Mr Gower.


10/10
 
2012-11-14 05:48:53 PM  

ForMadmenOnly: UsikFark:

close your eyes, then.

Conigliaro Industries offers Total Recycling Services.

[i47.tinypic.com image 640x344]

You sir just blew my mind. As a lab manager in the Boston/Cambridge area I've used Conigliaro in the past. If I remember correctly they're one of the only places that will take styrofoam for recycling. I had no idea they were connected to this. Building a new facility and will not be using them for my recycling anymore.


Glad I could... help?
 
2012-11-14 05:54:07 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: They was home.


I LOLd.
 
2012-11-14 06:00:16 PM  

Broktun:
Prospero424: Remember, it's not just the poor sterilization. From what I understand, as a compounding pharmacy they weren't supposed to be creating large batches of ANYTHING for sale on the mass market. They were supposed to only be filling existing, specific prescriptions.

Correct. A compounding pharmacy should have prescriptions for every drop of medication that leaves the pharmacy. No "For office use".

I do very little sterile compounding, usually only high strength ophthalmic antibiotics.

If you do not have a rx for each drop of medication that leaves the store, you are then a manufacturer, and have to play by a whole different set of rules. Pharmacies are regulated by each individual state, manufactures are regulated by the feds.

There are even some who say compounded prescriptions should not be sold across state lines due to federal regulation of interstate commerce.

I fear the federal government is now going to try to regulate compounding pharmacies due to this major clusterfark.


One of my professors discussed this in class at length about 2 months before it happened. Apparently there are a number of these psuedofacturures who claim to be compounding but are really doing manufacturing. He posited that we would see a tragedy out of one of them and an reactant move by congress to change what could actually be compounded. It is interesting to see him vindicated, but wholly crap!. I can't even imagine what there processes were like based on the descriptions.
Hopefully true compounding will not be impacted, just those like these dudes who were manufacturing illegally and hiding behind the compounding associations skirts.
 
2012-11-14 06:00:39 PM  

Broktun: I fear the federal government is now going to try to regulate compounding pharmacies due to this major clusterfark.


That's unfortunate, as it seems existing laws already cover this pretty well. Of course, if there are states out there who have proven that they are either unwilling or unable to enforce these regulations and we have mass deaths as a result, I see little alternative.

I have a feeling that this all comes back to the same state-level budget crises we've been seeing the repercussions of for years, now. State governments have cut and cut and cut down to the bone because tax revenue hasn't kept up with demand for services (and lawmakers are absolutely TERRIFIED of trying to raise taxes in a political environment so hostile to the idea). Things like this are the inevitable result.
 
2012-11-14 06:33:19 PM  

Felgraf: ZAZ: The human principals of the company may face criminal charges. They have already lost their professional licenses and been named in civil suits. In highly regulated fields like engineering and medicine a company's operations must be supervised by a license holder. The licensed pharmacists had a duty to see that proper standards were complied with, unlike the CEO of a tech company who can plead ignorance and designate a fall guy.

Okay. That makes me feel better. Sorry, just.. so many cases out there (like the whole Union Carbide incident) where higher-ups hide behind corporate structure to escape actually paying a pentalty (or only paying a monetary one) for, among other things, causing the deaths of people.


I hope there's some justice done, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Had dinner with a former prosecutor a couple years back, she said she 'just couldn't see jailing someone for a decision made in an office.'

Yeah, I just about fell over.
 
2012-11-14 07:48:47 PM  

PunGent: Had dinner with a former prosecutor a couple years back, she said she 'just couldn't see jailing someone for a decision made in an office.'


Un-farking-believable.
 
2012-11-14 08:21:55 PM  

UsikFark: buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

[i48.tinypic.com image 640x463] 

You know that garbage stink you smell at a bottle return (if your state does that)? That same junk and worse came into the facility through the air, people's clothes, etc. This was a family business that shared employees with the other family business, garbage recycling.


BTW, I just wanted to offer kudos on the use of the word "usik" in your username.
 
2012-11-14 08:53:55 PM  

Jument: buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

That's what I'm wondering. I understand that they were probably sloppy with contamination but how the fark did they end up with farking fungal meningitis in there?!?


mouse droppings
 
2012-11-14 09:01:11 PM  

buckler: UsikFark: buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

[i48.tinypic.com image 640x463] 

You know that garbage stink you smell at a bottle return (if your state does that)? That same junk and worse came into the facility through the air, people's clothes, etc. This was a family business that shared employees with the other family business, garbage recycling.

BTW, I just wanted to offer kudos on the use of the word "usik" in your username.


It's not unintended to be a word, just you sick fark uniquely abbreviated to pass filtering and complexity requirements. I don't like the look of USikFark, so I kept the s lower-case.

Four years with this screen name and no one told me about my walrus dick. Wow.
 
2012-11-14 09:42:13 PM  

UsikFark: Four years with this screen name and no one told me about my walrus dick. Wow.


Oh, it's not that, but the walrus dick bone.
 
2012-11-14 11:33:43 PM  

benzene: buckler: BronyMedic: Jument: That's pretty scary. Can someone please explain how they ended up making drugs somehow tainted with "fungal meningitis"?

Poor sterile practice.

Does that stuff just drop from the air, or what?

Fungus? Yes, that stuff is pretty common in the air of a non sterile environment. "Meningitis" describes the inflammation it causes (of the outer covering of the brain/spinal cord), not a quality of the fungus.


This sort of work has to be done in a sterile laminar flow hood that minimizes flow of outside air across the work area. Everything must be wiped constantly with alcohol, and all equipment must be sterilized or bought per-sterilized from a reputable company. Obviously with this many incidents, someone was cutting corners for either economic reasons or because the simply did not know what the hell they were doing. I haven't worked in a sterile lab for 10 years, but I could do this tomorrow. This should not be an indictment against pharmaceutical compounding in general.
 
2012-11-15 12:25:19 AM  
These folks must be small time.

Nobody went to prison for Vioxx. It killed at minimum tens of thousands. It got FDA approved by the usual political means.

Get the political establishment involved in the issue and they'll sweep it under the rug to cover their own asses.
 
2012-11-15 01:43:15 AM  

buckler: wingnut396: Why did your pharmacy kill 32 people?

The quarterly projections didn't provide the anticipated revenue to comply with the burdensome sterilization regulations and meet contractually required executive retention payments during the same expenditure cycle.

Sadly, that's probably what it comes down to.


Read further in TFA, it gets worse.

It turns out, a company was hired to inspect / supervise the pharmacy, but the CEO of the inspection company got tagged for fraud, but then the regulatory board looks the other way.

/wonder what they were looking away at?
//something $cenic probably
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-15 10:05:05 AM  
Obviously with this many incidents, someone was cutting corners for either economic reasons or because the simply did not know what the hell they were doing.

Even low level technicians who worked for the company have been ordered not to work in the field again without permission from state regulators. Usually on-the-job training is good enough for people doing the lab work, because they are trained and supervised by competent professionals.

According to a Boston Globe article last week:
Pharmacy technicians, who typically are the ones who mix the drugs in a compounding facility, may learn the craft on the job, Brown said. State rules require technicians to be at least 18 years old, have a high school or equivalent diploma, and have no drug-related felony convictions. The rules also require technicians to complete 500 hours of on-the-job training or a board-approved training course and pass a board-approved exam that may be given by their employer.
One can infer the state decided the low level workers were being trained to cut corners, rather than do their job properly.
 
2012-11-15 12:06:13 PM  

ZAZ: Pharmacy technicians, who typically are the ones who mix the drugs in a compounding facility, may learn the craft on the job, Brown said. State rules require technicians to be at least 18 years old, have a high school or equivalent diploma, and have no drug-related felony convictions. The rules also require technicians to complete 500 hours of on-the-job training or a board-approved training course and pass a board-approved exam that may be given by their employer.


Wow. The woman who cuts my hair has to follow stricter regulations than that. But maybe that's why I've never died after a hair cut from a fungus infection in my brain.
 
2012-11-15 12:42:58 PM  

Felgraf: Oznog: Felgraf: And this, my friends, is why corporate personhood is bullshiat.

If I killed 32 people, via negligence (or perhaps *willful negligence*), I would

A) Be facing a shiat-ton of manslaughter charges AT THE VERY LEAST, or perhaps even negligent homicide, or even murder.

B) I would not be able to use the defense of "Oh, honestly, your honor, my brain didn't know what my hand was doing. My hand acted independently of the wishes of myself and I bear no responsibility for its actions. (Because, I would think, the CEO of a company is analogous to the brain/mind. Otherwise, WTF are they paid for?)

The 5th Amendment doesn't apply to CIVIL matters, of getting sued. It's only for criminal cases, where you'd actual jail is on the table for you. Personally. Not "someone in your company", you can't plead the 5th to protect ANYONE ELSE.

Yes, but I would also still, you know, probably already have been arrested if I did that.

Or did I miss something? Has this guy been arrested?


At least?
 
2012-11-16 12:29:08 PM  

Prospero424: PunGent: Had dinner with a former prosecutor a couple years back, she said she 'just couldn't see jailing someone for a decision made in an office.'

Un-farking-believable.


Yep. The killer was, she wasn't some gung-go Randian, either...
 
2012-11-16 07:07:06 PM  

PunGent: Prospero424: PunGent: Had dinner with a former prosecutor a couple years back, she said she 'just couldn't see jailing someone for a decision made in an office.'

Un-farking-believable.

Yep. The killer was, she wasn't some gung-go Randian, either...


I identify with Dagny Taggert myself. :)
 
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