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Hospitals Address Compounding Concerns
Health Leaders Media

It’s a safe bet the fungal outbreak affecting patients who received contaminated steroid products prepared by the New England Compounding Center last fall has placed hospital leaders on a nervous edge, regardless of whether they were ever among that pharmacy’s customers.

Though alarming for its size and scope—the outbreak led to the deaths of at least five dozen patients and sickened about 700 more in 20 states—it was not the first, or the last, such incident to cause harm on a large scale.