New England Compounding Pharmacy

Fourteen people have been indicted over their links to a deadly meningitis outbreak – including two Central Floridians.

New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. was blamed for the 2012 outbreak that sickened 678 people and killed 64, including 25 infections and three deaths in Florida. The charges include racketeering, conspiracy and second degree murder.

Winter Park residents and pharmacy owners Carla and Doug Conigliaro are among the 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy charged Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Boston.

The Food and Drug Administration has released a list of 30 compounding pharmacies in 18 states – including four in Florida – where federal inspectors found dangerous conditions in recent spot checks. 

At one of the Florida facilities, inspectors found “black particles of an unknown origin” floating in seven vials of an injectable drug. At another, FDA officials said, the agency had to go to court for a warrant after inspectors were blocked from entering.