WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports:
State investigators have found numerous health and safety problems at the Framingham pharmacy allegedly tied to 23 meningitis deaths, but still don’t know how fungus got into steroid vials.
Inspectors with the Department of Public Health say they found black particles in vials of steroid returned to New England Compounding Center…the steroid that has caused 23 deaths and made 304 patients in 16 states sick.
The “clean room” where the steroids were produced did not meet basic standards including untested sterilizing equipment, dirty floor entrance mats and protective hoods that weren’t cleaned.
Governor Deval Patrick, speaking at a news conference today, extended condolences to all those affected by this outbreak. He says the state will begin unannounced visits of the other 25 pharmacies that mix drugs in Massachusetts and require more specific reporting.