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Inquiry Halts Work at Two NIH Labs

The National Institutes of Health shut down production of clinical-study drugs at two laboratories after an internal inquiry found them “not in compliance with quality and safety standards.”

One lab of the National Cancer Institute, and another of the National Institute of Mental Health, weren’t suitable to produce the sterile or infused drugs that have been used in clinical studies, the inquiry found. However, NIH officials said they are working rapidly and hope to have the laboratories up and running again soon.

The cancer study involves 13 terminal patients with metastatic disease, in which each person’s immunotherapy is individualized for that patient. NIH officials weren’t immediately able to give details about the mental health study, in which the lab makes a contrast agent used in...