Sen. Hune praises announcement of compensation for 2012 NECC meningitis outbreak victims

Sen. Joe Hune

Sen. Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Gregory, expressed his support of the announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that funds have been set aside to compensate the victims and families impacted by the 2012 New England Compounding Center meningitis outbreak that resulted in 15 deaths in Livingston County.

“After four long years of demanding justice for the victims and families of this horrific tragedy, justice is finally coming for those who needed it most,” Hune said. “While it may have been a long wait for this good news, I’m glad that the victims and families can finally rest a little easier knowing that they are finally getting their compensation.”

This week, the Department of Justice announced that they had set aside $40 million specifically for victims of this case. The funds come from federal criminal fines, penalties and forfeited bail bonds. The money does not include any taxpayer dollars. Additional information from the Department of Justice will be provided as it becomes available.

Livingston County is considered to be part of the epicenter of the 2012 NECC meningitis outbreak that resulted in 76 deaths and 778 illnesses. Hune introduced legislation, now Public Acts 279 and 280 of 2014, which gave the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) the ability to immediately suspend a pharmacy license when there is an imminent risk to public health, safety or welfare.