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Health & wellness

Unsanitary practices at pharmacy blamed in meningitis outbreak

Federal investigators found visible mold inside the Framingham pharmacy at the center of the national fungal meningitis outbreak, including 83 vials from one lot of the tainted steroid used to treat back pain that contained “greenish black foreign matter.’’

An additional 17 vials in that bin of 321 vials of methylprednisolone acetate had white fibers floating in them during the inspection, according to a report released Friday by the US Food and Drug Administration that depicts a plant where safety practices were lax and contaminants widespread.

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