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Health & wellness

Ameridose laying off 650 of staff

Ameridose LLC, sister company of the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose drugs have been implicated in a national fungal meningitis outbreak, has notified hundreds of workers that they are being laid off beginning Friday, as the company remains under a temporary closure order because of concerns about its sterility practices.

The layoff affects 650 workers at Westborough-based Ameridose, a major supplier of injectable drugs to hospitals nationwide, and 140 at its affiliated marketing company, Medical Sales Management of Framingham. Both companies share owners with New England Compounding Center, the Framingham company that produced ­steroid injections blamed for 424 cases of fungal meningitis and joint infections and 31 deaths.

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