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Bugs, bird found at facility linked to meningitis outbreak

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Fungal Meningitis, up close and personal.(Reuters)
Fungal Meningitis, up close and personal.(Reuters)

WESTBOROUGH, MA (WKZO) -- U.S. health inspectors discovered unsterile conditions, along with bugs and a flying bird at an affiliate of the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak.

Ameridose, LLC of Westborough, MA was shut down October 10th for an inspection.  Authorities now say they uncovered poor quality control and the use of vague language to describe negative patient reactions to its drugs.  Inspectors also found the buildings where sterile drugs were prepared to be in bad shape, with water leaks, cracked walls and unsanitized equipment.

Ameridose is preparing a response to the inspection, and notes they've "not had any instance of contaminated products over the course of the past six years."

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