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Health & wellness

Rhode Island spa kept drugs recalled by pharmacy

A Rhode Island spa kept products that were recalled by a Framingham, Mass., pharmacy after injectable steroids it prepared were blamed for a national meningitis outbreak, prompting the state Department of Health to issue a cease and desist order and suspend the license of a nurse at the facility.

Gerald Dornhecker, a registered nurse at Skin Essentials Spa in North Providence, on two occasions told officials with the US Food and Drug Administration that the facility did not have any products made by New England Compounding Center. But inspectors found the pharmacy’s products in the spa’s exam rooms in late October and again on Nov. 23, according to a suspension order issued by the state nursing board.

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