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Ameridose in Mass. to remain closed through year

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

BOSTON (AP) — A drug company with the same founders as a compounding pharmacy tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak on Friday agreed with state regulators to remain closed through the end of the year.

Ameridose first agreed to close for inspection in October after tainted steroids from its sister company, the New England Compounding Center, were linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that has caused 32 deaths. The latest extension of that agreement would have expired next Monday.

"Ameridose will remain closed while the joint investigation by state and federal authorities continues into unsanitary conditions and questionable sterility practices at the facility," Alec Loftus, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Health, said in a statement Friday. "The FDA's preliminary findings on Ameridose are deeply troubling and mirror the findings of DPH investigators."

The Food and Drug Administration reported Monday that its monthlong inspection of Ameridose found numerous potential sources of contamination, including leaky ceilings and insects. Ameridose said it will work to address those issues. It had no comment on the closure extension.

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