Five deaths in meningitis outbreak linked to Mass. firm
New England Compounding Center is linked to the outbreak , which investigators believe to have been caused by a steroid injection supplied by the firm. The pharmacy has since suspended operations .
A sealed vial of the steroid, obtained by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, reportedly contained levels of fungus that were visible to the naked eye, according to a report on ABC News . Manufacturing of such compounding companies is typically monitored by the State Board of Pharmacy, and the FDA would only get involved if a drug were being adulterated or misbranded.