Scott Brown received the maximum personal contribution allowed by law from Greg Conigliaro, $2,500, co-owner of the Framingham compounding pharmacy that’s linked to more than a dozen deaths from fungal meningitis. The wife of co-owner Barry Cadden also donated $2,500.
Not on the written Web version of the story but in tonight’s news broadcast: Brown was also the beneficiary of $37,000 from a fundraiser at Conigliaro’s home.
And, Brown signed a letter asking the DEA to change a specific regulation of how compound pharmacies handle controlled substances.
Actually, the letter looks fairly reasonable, seeking to allow the pharmacies to send medications directly to physicians instead of having to go to patients first; but Channel 5 rightly calls for the release of any other letters he wrote on behalf of the industry. I’d certainly like to know if he’s done any other work behind the scenes for his hosts and contributors. And we all know what Scott Brown would be doing if it was Elizabeth Warren’s name on that letter, given the way he’s completely distorted what she did for asbestos victims and others.
“Letters like this one that Sen. Brown signed are frequently used by their lobbyists to stop any further regulation of this industry,” Kevin Outterson, a Boston University law professor who also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, told WCVB.
What other letters – or meetings – might be out there?