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Health & wellness

Daily Dose

How risky are compounding pharmacies?

A national meningitis outbreak that had caused 15 deaths and more than 200 illnesses as of Sunday — due to a contaminated injectable steroid made in mass quantities by a Framingham compounding pharmacy — has raised concerns about the safety of any drug mixed by individual pharmacists rather than made in a manufacturing facility.

Thousands of Americans continue to receive compounded drugs in order to get cheaper prescriptions or medications that aren’t available from big pharmaceutical companies.

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