Medication maker linked to deaths has license revoked

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The company that made medications linked to 36 deaths and 541 illnesses in 19 states has had its state operating license revoked by the Washington Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Health.

The New England Compounding Center surrendered its Massachusetts license and agreed to the Washington state license revocation. The company can no longer provide drugs intended for use in Washington. No illnesses or deaths linked to NECC products have been reported in Washington.

On Oct. 6, NECC recalled all products made in 2012, including medications shipped to Washington. In November, the FDA announced that two additional NECC products were contaminated with bacteria and two other products were contaminated with fungus. While none of the products initially found to be contaminated had been shipped to Washington, some of the four additional products were shipped to facilities here.