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Another compounding pharmacy shut down

Massachusetts has shut down another pharmacy of the type linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak, the New York Times reports.

The Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality at the Massachusetts Public Health Department ordered the closing of a pharmacy called Infusion Resource, after a surprise inspection cast doubt on the sterility of its products.

Like the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy linked to the meningitis outbreak, Infusion Resource is a “compounding pharmacy” – meaning one that manufactures specialty medications from ingredients provided by other sources.

The meningitis outbreak has sickened 363 people and killed 28 in 19 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

In the current outbreak, it was caused by fungus contaminating steroid medication prepared at the NECC.

A Massachusetts health official did not disclose details of the problems found at Infusion Resource. But she said patients had been getting intravenous medications at the pharmacy, which goes against state regulations.

Lopez McHugh is investigating cases related to this outbreak. If you or a loved one had an injection and were diagnosed with meningitis, you should consult with a Lopez McHugh lawyer for a free consultation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/health/massachusetts-shuts-down-another-compounder.html?_r=0