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State was lax on Framingham drug maker

Files show ties in oversight, writing of rules

State pharmacy regulators on at least two occasions in the past decade displayed indifference in their oversight of a troubled Framingham specialty pharmacy that has now been blamed for a national fungal meningitis outbreak, ­according to documents ­obtained by the Globe Tuesday.

At the same time state and federal regulators were investigating New England Compounding Center for problems with sterile drug preparation, the company’s lead pharmacist, Barry Cadden, was chosen to serve on a state pharmacy board task force to write new rules for compounding pharmacies.

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