Group Calls for More Oversight of Compound Pharmacies

Health & Fitness

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nearly a year after a meningitis outbreak killed more than 50 people, there are new ideas to prevent a repeat.

Tainted steroid injections made in Massachusetts caused last summer’s meningitis deaths but there are compound pharmacies all over the country that produce all sorts of medications without much oversight.

Now, a group of pharmacists, hospitals and public health officials says the Food and Drug Administration should be given more authority.  The group also supports the creation of a do-not-compound list of medications that should not be mixed.

A congressional committee on Tuesday will hear testimony about compounding pharmacies, which are considered at high risk for contamination.

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