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Mass. pharmacy board chief fired after meningitis outbreak

Director allegedly ignoring complaint about Framingham compounding pharmacy

The director of the state pharmacy board, James D. ­Coffey, has been fired and the board’s attorney, Susan ­Manning, has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly ignoring a complaint in ­July that New England Compounding Center was distributing bulk shipments of drugs to hospitals in Colorado, in violation of its state licenses, Massachusetts health officials ­announced Wednesday.

New England Compounding is the Framingham pharmacy blamed for a national outbreak of fungal meningitis caused by contaminated steroids it produced between May and August of this year.

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