Friday, February 8, 2013

Washington Post: ‘Compounded’ drugs: looks can deceive

Hannah Foslien/AP - Fatal meningitis outbreak will go down as one of the biggest drug disasters in American history.

Drug compounding — the custom-mixing of drugs for specific patients — predates the industrial production of pharmaceuticals, which started in the late 1800s. Government regulators have let the practice persist for a few reasons. The most often cited is the need for some patients to use medicines free of dyes, binders and other additives
In the last two decades, industrial-scale compounding has emerged as a big — and in some eyes essential — source of drugs.
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