Mass. to Hold Hearings on State Health Department

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to announce a series of public hearings looking into the state Department of Public Health’s handling of two recent crises.

The first hearing will look at the department’s oversight of pharmacies in Massachusetts.

The hearing comes in the wake of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy in Framingham that has sickened 377 nationwide, 29 of whom have died.

The second public hearing will look at the department’s supervision of the state drug laboratory following the testing scandal at the drug lab.

A third public hearing will look at the state’s role in overseeing the department and the need for increased transparency at the department.

State Reps. Jeffrey Sßnchez, David Linsky, and Harold Naughton plan to announce the hearing schedule Thursday at the Statehouse.