Friday, January 4, 2013

Patrick announces legislation overhauling pharmacy board

1/04/2013 1:53 PM
By Kay Lazar and Chelsea Conaboy, Globe Staff
Governor Deval Patrick announced on Friday planned legislation to reorganize the state board of pharmacy to add professionals from other fields and to give the board the authority to regulate out-of-state compounding pharmacies that distribute drugs in Massachusetts.
The state board has been scrutinized following a national outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed at least 40 people and has been blamed on tainted steroids produced at New England Compounding Center in Framingham. The Globe reported that regulators knew about problems at the facility but repeatedly failed to take concerted action requiring improvements.
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