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Health & wellness

Pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak broke rules, Patrick says

Governor Deval Patrick Wednesday accused the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has sickened at least 137 people nationwide and killed 12, of misleading regulators and operating outside its ­license by shipping large batches of drugs across the country.

To ensure no others might be breaking the rules, the Board of Registration in Pharmacy took the extraordinary step of ordering all compounding pharmacies in Massachusetts to sign affidavits swearing they are complying with state regulations prohibiting compounders from mass-producing medications.

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