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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Compounding Pharmacies Feeling the Effects of NECC's Errors



Meningitis Outbreak Spurs Actions by States

Closing the barn door after the horse has escaped doesn't help those it might encounter, but it does protect people from the many other horses that remain in the barn. This is analogous to what's going on with compounding pharmacies in Florida and Massachusetts, now that the unsanitary conditions of the New England Compounding Center , NECC, have been linked to the current fungal meningitis outbreak.

Massachusetts Takes Action Against Compounding Pharmacies

The New York Times reported that after Massachusetts' health officials performed surprise inspections at some of the compounding pharmacies located in the state, the Waltham, Massachusetts-based Infusion Resource voluntarily surrendered its license over the weekend. 

The license surrender followed an Oct. 23 inspection that found the environment in which medications were being made revealed sanitation issues and perhaps as importantly, this pharmacy had been administering intravenous medications to patients, a clear violation of their license.

Infusion Resource is the third compounding pharmacy in the state to have its license suspended.

Florida Takes Action Against Compounding Pharmacy

Rejuvi Pharmaceuticals was the first compounding pharmacy in Florida to have its operations suspended after an inspection of the facility by the Florida Department of Health, according to Reuters . State officials visited Rejuvi Pharmaceuticals on Oct. 26 as part of a routine inspection rotation and found a number of violations, ranging from cleanliness of areas related to medications to record keeping issues.

31/10/2012  :  L L Woodard / Yahoo News.

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