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State faults pharmacy on sterility, testing

Unannounced inspections set for similar firms

Drugs produced by the New England Compounding Center were not put through the minimum procedures required to ensure sterility and were shipped to customers before the pharmacy’s own safety tests were completed, a state health official said Tuesday in announcing preliminary ­results of an inspection of the pharmacy at the heart of the national meningitis outbreak.

Investigators who visited the pharmacy in recent weeks found dirty lab equipment, a leaking boiler near the pharmacy’s “clean room,” and ­records that showed the pharmacy failed to properly maintain important sterilization tools, Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the state Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, said during a State House press conference Tuesday afternoon.

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