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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Patrick files overhaul of pharmacy regulation

Pharmacists would have less say in regulating their profession, and the state could for the first time fine rule-breaking druggists under legislation Governor Deval Patrick proposed Friday to prevent a repeat of the fungal meningitis outbreak blamed on a Framingham specialty pharmacy.

The legislation would require a special license for pharmacies that do sterile compounding of injectable and intravenous drugs, as did New ­England Compounding Center, the company that produced tainted steroids linked to more than 650 illnesses and at least 39 deaths. Out-of-state pharmacies that distribute medications in Massachusetts would have to be licensed in Massachusetts, not just in their home states.

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