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NECP surrenders pharmacy business license to board

MANCHESTER - The New England Compounding Pharmacy, a Massachusetts firm that produced medicines blamed for serious illness in eight New Hampshire residents, has surrendered its license to do business in the state.

The state Board of Pharmacy issued an emergency suspension of the license on Oct. 8 and this week approved the surrender of the NECC license.

The company shipped three tainted batches of a steroid used to reduce back and joint pain. Seven New Hampshire residents have developed fungal meningitis after receiving back injections and another has been reported with a joint infection.

The suspension covers NECC's right to operate as a mail-order pharmacy in New Hampshire. Assistant Attorney General Sarah Blodgett said the state has no information that NECC was selling prescription drugs direct to consumers through the mail. The only known user of the tainted produce produced at NECC's compounding laboratory was PainClinic LLC, a multi-office pain-management practice based in Somersworth.

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