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Michigan probe continues into meningitis outbreak after officials, pharmacy employees charged

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LANSING, Michigan — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a state investigation continues after federal indictments of 14 people in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, a car sits in front of the New England Compounding in Framingham, Mass. Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of the company were arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed  for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, a car sits in front of the New England Compounding in Framingham, Mass. Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of the company were arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Schuette spoke to reporters by phone Wednesday after participating in a news conference in Boston to announce the indictments. Prosecutors say some employees of the New England Compounding Pharmacy showed an "extreme and appalling indifference to human life."

Schuette says he can't offer specifics on Michigan's ongoing case, but Wednesday's news provides "a message of hope to victims across the state" that there will be justice.

At least 750 people in 20 states got sick and 64 died after they contracted meningitis and other infections from tainted steroids the company made. Twenty-three of those who died were Michigan residents.

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PHOTO: Fourteen owners or employees of the New England Compounding Center were charged Wednesday in connection with the outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide and was traced to tainted drug injections. (Dec. 17)
Fourteen owners or employees of the New England Compounding Center were charged Wednesday in connection with the outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide and was traced to tainted drug injections. (Dec. 17) PHOTO: A woman attending a presser formally announcing charges to indict a Massachusetts pharmacy of producing tainted drugs collapsed during remarks. (Dec. 17)
A woman attending a presser formally announcing charges to indict a Massachusetts pharmacy of producing tainted drugs collapsed during remarks. (Dec. 17)
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PHOTO: This booking photo provided by the Dedham, Mass., Police Department shows Douglas Conigliaro, owner and president of Medical Sales Management, who was arrested at his home in Dedham, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. MSM shared ownership of New England Compounding Pharmacy, and its sales representatives sold drugs for the pharmacy. Conigliaro is among several arrested who face charges that tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Dedham Police Department)
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