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States try to strengthen rules on drug compounders

State pharmacy regulators across the country are moving to strengthen their oversight of compounding pharmacies like the one in Framingham that has been blamed for a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis in 19 states.

The Massachusetts pharmacy board, whose failure to ensure safe practices at New England Compounding Center was highlighted in two days of legislative hearings this week, has enacted emergency regulations and begun surprise inspections. Ohio and Texas have stepped up inspections in their states, Florida pulled the license of a pharmacy with a history of past problems, and several states have created task forces to revamp their rules.

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