Sunday, March 24, 2013

March 23. 2013 9:33PM NH monitoring new recalls of compounded drugs ShareThis By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM New Hampshire Sunday News

CONCORD - The state public health division is investigating whether any medications recalled last week by two more out-of-state compounding pharmacies could have ended up in New Hampshire.

The federal Food and Drug Administration last week announced voluntary recalls by Clinical Specialties Compounding Pharmacy and Med Prep Consulting of all products compounded at those facilities, "due to lack of sterility assurance."

The actions echo the nationwide recall last year of all drugs made by New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., after a deadly multi-state outbreak of fungal infections was linked to contaminated drugs made there.

Fourteen cases of illness in New Hampshire were linked to that outbreak, and health officials are still monitoring more than 750 patients who got NECC medications for any symptoms.

Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, state epidemiologist, said the public health division has been investigating whether any products in the new recalls could have come to New Hampshire.

She stressed there are no reports of illness here and, so far, no evidence the recalled medications were sent here.

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