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The Vice President of Tennessee's Board of Pharmacy had to recuse himself from any votes that relate to the New England Compounding Center because his brother-in-law is a patient.
Health officials have said that pharmacy caused the outbreak with tainted medication that killed 13 people who received injections in Tennessee and sent dozens of others to the hospital.
"I would probably have a biased opinion," said Buddy Stephens. "He's making a little progress. It's kind of been a rough month."
The Board of Pharmacy met Thursday to discuss several actions it's now taking in response to the Meningitis Outbreak.
One of those options involves creating a task force to look at the regulations that govern Tennessee's 1900 pharmacies and whether the state might need more than 5 inspectors.
"They'll address the resources issue," said Board Executive Director Andrew Holt.
The board is also sending surveys to pharmacies to get a better idea how many are doing high risk compounding like the type that created the Meningitis outbreak.
"This is an immediate action we can take inside of our current rules that we have to help us identify those pharmacies so we can further protect the health of Tennesseans," said Holt.
The Board was scheduled to also consider assessing civil penalties against the New England Compounding Center.
That action will have to wait until the Board's January meeting because the pharmacy intends to contest the penalties.
Wednesday, November 14 2012, 09:18 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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