Two Board of Pharmacy officials have been fired after the investigation into the Massachusetts Framingham compounding pharmacy at the center of a meningitis outbreak revealed that a complaint was filed against them weeks before the outbreak began.
The Department of Public Health announced on Wednesday that the Director of the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy, James D. Coffey, and Board attorney Susan Manning have been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.
The DPH alleges that the Colorado Board of Pharmacy filed a complaint against the New England Compounding Center on July 26 claiming that the center had manufactured drugs to many hospitals in that state between 2010 and 2012 without patient-specific prescriptions, which is in violation of their Colorado and Massachusetts licenses. The Colorado board contacted the FDA who confirmed that the NECC is not a licensed manufacturer.
A state health and human services spokesman said neither Manning nor Coffey notified the state Department of Public Health about the complaint.
The outbreak has spread to 19 states and killed 31 people.
Associated Press reporter Jay Lindsay in Boston and myFOXBoston.com contributed to this report