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FDA uncovers contamination issues at 2nd Mass pharmacy

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health inspectors have found more than a dozen sterility problems, including insects, at a drugmaking facility with the same founders as the specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.

The Food and Drug Administration has released the results of a monthlong inspection of Ameridose. The Westborough, Mass.-based company makes a variety of injectable drugs.

Inspectors say they found insects within 10 feet of a supposedly sterile area where drugs are manufactured. In another case, inspectors reported a bird flying into a room where drugs are stored.

Ameridose agreed to shut down for inspection in October after tainted steroids from its sister company, the New England Compounding Center, were linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak.

Ameridose says it will work to address the issues cited by FDA, but stressed it hasn't had any contaminated products over the past six years.

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