A deadly national meningitis outbreak, which stemmed from a batch of tainted steroids sold by a Framingham company, has rightly launched fierce reactions from state and federal officials. The Patrick administration is taking necessary steps to scrutinize the actions of the New England Compounding Company and its sister company, Ameridose. But this crisis has also shed attention on the murky world of compounding pharmacies, and the reasons why they need to be subject to more of the national rules that govern prescription drugs.
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