Meningitis victims hope for Mass. criminal charges

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Associated Press

BOSTON, Ma.— Victims of last year's fungal meningitis outbreak don't hold out much hope that they will receive compensation for the deaths and illnesses caused by tainted steroids traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
   
But some hope they will find justice if criminal charges are brought against the company's executives.
   
A federal grand jury in Boston has been investigating the Framingham-based New England Compounding Center for more than a year now. It's unclear whether the company or its principals will face criminal charges.
   
The FBI recently made a plea through its website, asking anyone who received one of the tainted steroid shots to fill out a questionnaire describing where and how they received the injections and their illnesses.
   
More than 750 people were sickened in 20 states, including 64 who died.
 

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