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October 20, 2014

Mass. pharmacy in meningitis case not licensed to distribute in Minn.

The Massachusetts pharmacy that supplied a back-pain steroid treatment blamed for a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak isn’t licensed to distribute the drug in Minnesota, the Associated Press reports.

The license does not allow for the bulk distribution of mixed drugs, only the filling of individual prescriptions, the AP says.

About 120 people have been sickened by the outbreak nationwide, including three confirmed in Minnesota, and 12 have died, CNN reported Wednesday.

The three Minnesotans are doing “quite well,” a Minnesota Department of Health spokesman said Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reported.

As many as 13,000 people may have received the medicine between May 21 and September 24, the Centers for Disease Control says.

At least one Minnesota lawyer has already begun exploring litigation. Minneapolis product safety attorney Fred Pritzker has been contacted by victims of the outbreak and he launched an independent investigation, according to a press release.