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The Boston Globe


Despite bacteria in labs, a clean pharmacy report

Drug firm found contaminants, gave assurances

Shortly before a national fungal meningitis outbreak was linked to New England Compounding Center, the Framingham company sent customers a “Quality Assurance Report Card” trumpeting the cleanliness of its labs, even as internal tests showed widespread contamination.

Charts sent to customers and obtained by the Globe show that in the first half of 2012, there were no instances of contamination exceeding the accepted standard on surfaces in the “clean rooms,” where the company produced sterile injectable medications such as the steroid now linked to 28 deaths.

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