• Owners of Framingham pharmacy linked to recall in 2008


    (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - The owners of a Framingham pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak operate a similar business in Westborough hat had a drug recall in 2008.

    Meanwhile, a 12th victim has died from fungal meningitis.

    The drugs were mixed at the New England Compounding Center and shipped across the country.

    Tuesday, Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey said he will introduce legislation to toughen the oversight of compounding pharmacies.

    Doctors expect even more victims to come forward in the coming weeks because the incubation period for fungal meningitis is about four weeks.

    The Boston Herald is reporting that the owners of that compounding pharmacy also own a similair one in Westborough called Ameridose.

    FDA records show that in 2008, Ameridose recalled 155 bags of a specific drug because the powerful painkiller was "super potent."

    The Boston Globe is reporting that an executive at Ameridose also sits on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy. Tuesday, that board accepted the surrendered license of the Framingham pharmacy.

    The FDA is investigating NECC over the meningitis cases. When asked about Ameridose, they would only say the investigation is ongoing.

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