Health Highlights: Dec. 7, 2012

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On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal said she expects to issue an order allowing lawyers for people suing the New England Compounding Center to access the pharmacy, the Associated Press reported.

Thirty-six people died and more than 500 others have been sickened in the meningitis outbreak, according to health officials. The plaintiffs allege that they or family members contracted fungal meningitis from contaminated steroid injections made by the New England Compounding Center.

A lawyer for the center asked the judge to delay her decision about an inspection at the pharmacy until a judicial panel rules on whether lawsuits across the country will be heard by a single court, the AP reported.

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