Top House committee pushes FDA on meningitis outbreak

In their letter, lawmakers implied that the FDA had not pushed the NECC to correct its code violations, which amounted to "significant public health concerns" in the committee's view. 

In 2004, the FDA was concerned about the potential for "microbial contamination" of the NECC's injectable products, the letter noted.

"FDA officials could not confirm whether any subsequent inspections were conducted to validate that the … violations were corrected," lawmakers wrote following a briefing with regulators.

Congress has been pushing for action on the outbreak for weeks.

Several members have called for a range of investigations, and introduced bills that would strengthen FDA oversight of operations like the NECC, a compounding pharmacy.

The Framingham, Mass.-based company reprocesses drugs on a large scale to fit patients' needs, such as dividing standard medications into doses fit for children.

As a compounding pharmacy, it is not obligated to follow certain federal guidelines that apply to drug makers. 

Wednesday's letter was signed by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessHarvey response puts squeeze on GOP Medicaid efficiency is needed now, more than ever In the politics of healthcare reform, past is prologue MORE (R-Texas), John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) also signed.