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Judge's widow testified before a House committee

She says her family is angry with the way her husband died.

Former southern Kentucky Judge Eddie Lovelace's widow testified in front of a house committee.

The committee is investigating the recent deadly meningitis outbreak that killed at least 32 people across the country.

The owner of the company linked to the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak refused to answer questions on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers subpoenaed Barry Cadden whose New England Compounding Center is accused of making contaminated steroid injections.

The outbreak killed 32 people and sickened more than 400 others in 19 states.

One of those victims was Kentucky Judge Eddie Lovelace whose widow, Joyce came to the congressional hearing looking for answers.

“My family is bitter. We are angry. We are heartbroken. We are devastated we are begging you to do something,” Joyce Lovelace said.

The meningitis outbreak is slowing down. Fewer new cases are being reported.

About 14,000 people were thought to have been exposed.

The Massachusetts company had a well documented history of problems.

Nearly a decade ago, the Food and Drug Administration wanted to shut it down until it cleaned up its operations. Instead, the FDA deferred to state regulators who allowed it to stay open.

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says her agency needs more authority and funding to oversee compounding pharmacies.

The New England Compounding Center is closed and officials are in the process of permanently revoking its license.

The Senate will hold its own investigative hearing Thursday.


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