Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bessent: Congress needs to keep an eye on compounding pharmacies Tuesday November 19, 2013 4:39 PM By Alvin Bessent

Few people heard of “compounding pharmacies” before a meningitis outbreak killed 64 people a year ago. The disease was traced to a tainted, injectable steroid medication shipped across the country from a mold and fungus infested facility outside Boston where it was mass produced without federal oversight.
Thanks to a gap in the law the New England Compounding Center’s operation was perfectly legal, even though it’s product proved lethal. Congress has now moved to fill that gap, but with a bill that will still allow some compounding pharmacies to make drugs without prescriptions and ship large batches across the country, all without federal oversight.
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