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Medicine and Morality

The New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts was responsible for a contaminated steroid that has caused at least 14 meningitis deaths around the country. According to U.S. News & World Report, state officials say the firm may have broken a state law. The company is considered a "compounding pharmacy," meaning that it is a facility where different drugs are mixed together to create specific treatments for individual patients. It may have exceeded its legal operating limit by making the contamintated steroid for mass distribution rather than for a single patient. There an ongoing ethics controversy over the company's actions and a wave of lawsuits against the company is expected.

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