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Massachusetts pharmacy surrendered license after meningitis outbreak

The Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis has voluntarily surrendered its license.  The New England Compounding Company shipped a contaminated steroid to 23 states.  It's believed some 13,000 people may have been injected with the steroid.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are now 105 cases of rare anti-fungal meningitis and eight people have died.  Today (Tuesday) the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy met to discuss the investigation into the NECC.  

From the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy, James Devita stated "on behalf of the board I want to express our deepest sympathy for the patients and their families who have been impacted by this tragedy."

The death toll has now climbed to eleven who have died from fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections. A report from the Centers for Disease control and prevention reports there have been 119 total cases so far of the rare, non-contagious form of meningitis.  The hardest hit state is Tennessee with 39 cases and six deaths.

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