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State board gave reprieve to Webster pharmacy

Teen had suffered heart attack after taking medication

Just months before a meningitis outbreak exposed major holes in the state’s oversight of pharmacies, regulators abandoned a plan to shut down a Massachusetts pharmacy whose medication error sent a teenager to the emergency room with a heart attack. They have yet to discipline the company for the mistake.

State records obtained by the Globe show that in July 2011, Royal Palm Specialty Pharmacy of Webster accidentally gave a boy thyroid medication that was 1,000 times too strong, requiring him to be hospitalized with serious heart problems. The board found out about the incident only when the boy’s mother complained four months later, even though pharmacies are required to promptly report serious errors.

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