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Prosecutors want to be in on pharmacy inspection

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2012 at 2:45 am •  Published: December 6, 2012

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge will hear a request from the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts to allow representatives of her office to be present while victims' attorneys inspect a compounding center linked to a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, whose office is investigating possible charges against the Framingham-based New England Compounding Center, has asked Judge Dennis Saylor IV to order attorneys to give her office advance notice of their inspection. Ortiz also wants the government to get copies of test results, photographs and video taken during the inspection.

NECC is under investigation for distributing a steroid blamed in the deaths of 36 people and the illnesses of more than 500 others.

State and federal inspections found a host of potential contaminants, including standing water and mold.

Saylor will hold a hearing Thursday.