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Mass. gov: Drug firm may have misled regulators

Associated Press Published: October 10, 2012

BOSTON (AP) — The specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday.

The New England Compounding Center in Framingham made a steroid that was used in contaminated injections that have sickened more than 130 people in 10 states. Twelve have died.

State and federal agencies "may have been misled by some of the information we were given," Patrick told reporters.

The company was supposed to fill specific prescriptions for specific patients but exceeded that, he said.

"What they were doing instead is making big batches and selling them out of state as a manufacturer would, and that is certainly outside of their state license," he said.

A message requesting comment was left with a company spokesman. The company has shut down operations, recalled the fungus-contaminated steroid and is cooperating with investigators.

As many as 13,000 people received steroid shots from the company, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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