Unlike major drug manufacturers, New England Compounding Center was not regularly inspected or monitored by the US Food and Drug Administration, yet hundreds of hospitals, from Massachusetts General to Yale-New Haven, were customers of the pharmacy implicated in hundreds of fungal meningitis cases. Hospitals and pharmacists say companies such as New England Compounding play a critical role in supplying scarce drugs, specialized medications, and individually-packaged doses. More stringent standards for preparing sterile drugs also created demand for compounding pharmacies.
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