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In the meantime senate lawmakers hearing testimony right now on the deadly meningitis outbreak.
So far there are 400 -- 51 cases of fungal meningitis and at least nineteen states.
And 32 people have died as a result.
All of them getting the disease after receiving steroid shots.
From a Massachusetts pharmacy.
Jonathan Serrie is live in Atlanta on this -- Jonathan what's happening right now with these hearings.
-- right now -- senators are questioning public health officials and also the FDA commissioner.
In light of this meningitis outbreak in particular they're looking at become pounding.
Pharmaceutical industry an industry that's really evolved from individual pharmacists making specific prescriptions for specific patients for example if you have a kid who can't.
Swallow -- -- a compounding pharmacist could turn that tunnel into a liquid.
Medication but the industry is now -- also the you have.
Some large compounding pharmacies that are mass producing medications.
And because they're compounding pharmacies they don't face the same federal regulation and oversight as drug manufacturers and one of the things this committee is exploring.
Is whether that needs to change -- What is the pharmacy owners apparently was called to testify so what -- one of the senators hope that they're gonna learn from him.
-- any CC co owner Barry cotton.
Was supposed to testified both of this hearing and also.
At a similar house subcommittee hearing yesterday.
He was called under subpoena however yesterday in response take each.
Question on the house side he took the fifth listen.
What explanation can you give I respectfully decline to -- bloodiest day.
Two two to all of these patients I respectfully decline to answer declined to answer on advice of counsel declined to answer when you invoke your fifth amendment rights in response to all questions today.
-- and is expected to return to the senate side today but most people expect that once again he will.
Take that Martha the point you makes you wonder thank you very much Jonathan.
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