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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Harvard Pilgrim’s policy on compounded drugs draws fire

Thousands of Massachusetts residents who have health insurance through Harvard Pilgrim Health Care are learning that the company will no longer cover specialty medications known as compounded drugs, because of safety and cost concerns, a decision that has infuriated pharmacists and worried patient advocates.

The action follows last year’s deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

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