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Mass. Gov: Drug Firm May Have Misled Regulators

By JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license.

The New England Compounding Center in Framingham made a steroid that was used in contaminated injections that have sickened more than 130 people in 10 states. Twelve have died.

Patrick told reporters Wednesday that state and federal agencies “may have been misled by some of the information we were given.”

He says the company was supposed to fill specific prescriptions for specific patients but instead made big batches of medicine and sold them out of state.

He says that was outside of its state license.

A message requesting comment was left with a company spokesman. The company has shut down and is cooperating with investigators.