Monday, January 07, 2013

NECC Recalled Steroids - Massachusetts Plans Stricter Control of Compounding Pharmacies

As the fallout from this national tragedy continues, the State of Massachusetts is in the news regarding its belated plan to provide for better control of compounding pharmacies:

The laws will be among the strongest in the country, said Kevin Outterson, a law professor at Boston University and a member of the expert panel that advised the state on how to curb abuses by companies like the New England Compounding Center, the Framingham pharmacy that made the tainted drug responsible for the nationwide meningitis outbreak. 

The legislation would establish strict licensing requirements for compounding sterile drugs; let the state assess fines against pharmacies that break its rules; protect whistle-blowers who work in compounding pharmacies; and reorganize the state pharmacy board to include more members who are independent of the industry and fewer who are part of it.