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Compounding pharmacies fill important medical niche

Among the many surprises that have emerged since a Framingham pharmacy was implicated in a national fungal meningitis outbreak is this one: Hundreds of US hospitals, includ­ing most of those in Massachusetts, bought medications from the lightly regulated New England Compounding Center.

Unlike major drug manufacturers, the specialty pharmacy was not regularly inspected or monitored by the Food and Drug Administration, yet prestigious hospitals from Massachusetts General to Yale-New Haven were among its customers, according to a list posted online by the FDA.

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