In 2006, Massachusetts regulators responded to complaints about the New England Compounding Center by enlisting an Illinois firm to review the operations of the pharmacy now at the center of the nationwide meningitis outbreak. The CEO of that firm, the Globe has learned, was awaiting trial on a fraud indictment. Pharmacy Support Inc., founded by Ross A. Caputo, inspected the Framingham facility and eventually gave it a clean bill of health, helping it avoid probation by the state pharmacy board. Caputo was later convicted and imprisoned for fraud, involving a product blamed for blinding 18 people.
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