60 Minutes: Lab Technician Warned Supervisor About Contamination One Month Before Meningitis Outbreak

by Colonel on March 9, 2013

“Joe Connolly, in his first interview, says his concerns were literally met with a shrug by the supervisor at the center, which is now under criminal investigation. Connolly appears in a 60 Minutes investigation into NECC, the compounding pharmacy that produced thousands of vials of a steroid pain medication that caused fungal meningitis that has so far killed 48 Americans and sickened over 700 more in the worst pharmaceutical disaster in decades.

Pelley’s report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Scott Pelley: When you went to your supervisor and told him that, he said what?

Joe Connolly: That’s verbatim. He shrugged. That was his response for a lot of our questions or comments or concerns, was a shrug.

Scott Pelley: Meaning?

Joe Connolly: Just do it. He’d, either he didn’t care, or he was powerless to change it.

” — Copyright 2013 CBS Interactive Inc.

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