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Schuette's Decision to Step In for Meningitis Case Under Fire

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - 14 people are dead in Michigan and 259 others were infected with meninigitis after officials say a Massachusetts company made bad batches of medicine and distributed them.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Wednesday he'd launch a grand jury investigation into the matter.

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer was surprised to hear the attorney general's call to action.

"Anytime I see one of my colleagues come out and say something that's the antithesis of what they have done during their time in the leg turns my stomach," said Senator Whitmer. She is talking about then-state Senator Bill Schuette's 1995 "Michigan Drug Immunity Bill."

It doesn't allow consumers to sue drug companies for making a faulty product. It's the only law of its kind in the country.

But Schuette says the meningitis cases aren't restricted to the law, which only covers drugs approved by the FDA.

"They're completely different issues. Compounding is regulated by the states. Pharmacies are regulated by the federal government," said Schuette.

Marc Lipton, who represents roughly 70 clients of the meningitis outbreak in Michigan, agrees with Schuette.

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