Lawmaker to outline legislative proposal, actions needed to address “regulatory black hole” of compounding pharmacy oversight
MEDFORD, MA. – With the meningitis outbreak death toll reaching 29 and 377 more sickened by injectable steroids manufactured at the New England Compounding Center (NECC), Rep. Markey will outline a legislative strategy to strengthen the regulations that govern compounding pharmacies and protect patients. Rep. Markey has been the Congressional leader in investigating the tragedy and addressing the “regulatory black hole” that currently governs the compounding pharmacy industry. Earlier this week, Rep. Markey released the report “Compounding Pharmacies, Compounding Risk”, which revealed that even before the current outbreak, problems at compounding pharmacies led to at least 23 deaths and 86 illnesses in 34 states.
WHAT: Press conference announcing compounding pharmacy legislation
WHO: Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and dean of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation
WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 1 PM
WHERE: Framingham, Massachusetts