“Although the tragic meningitis outbreak was caused by poor practices at one compounding pharmacy, many people (and pets) have benefitted from the safe and individualized tailoring of drugs that most compounding pharmacies provide.” Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
In the wake of the recent, tragic fungal meningitis outbreak due to contaminated steroid injections, HealthyAnswers.com warned readers about the possible dangers of using some nonaccredited compounding pharmacies. Where traditional pharmacies are under regulation by FDA guidelines, compounding pharmacies process individualized versions of prescription medicines under their state’s regulation. Some lawmakers feel that lack of FDA oversight of compounding pharmacies is what lead to the contaminated drugs.
Citing news stories from Huffington Post [Behind the Meningitis Outbreak: Pharmacies Fought FDA Regulation, October 2012] as well as ABC News [Compounding Pharmacies Defend Their Trade After Meningitis, October 22, 2012], HealthyAnswers.com reported that compounding pharmacies have successfully been fighting FDA regulation for decades. There have also been many complaints filed against compounding pharmacies such as blindness from nonsterile eye drops, as well as hospitalizations, and poisonings from compounding errors. And, only 162 of them are accredited by the Pharmaceutical Accreditation Board (PCAB).
Mark Rosenberg, M.D., HealthyAnswers.com resident medical expert advises readers how to stay safe in using compounding pharmacies: “Research their reputation by determining if they have any state regulatory violations, or consumer lawsuits, against them and what for. Be sure the compounding pharmacy is accredited by searching the PCAB’s state list of pharmacies.”
To read the full article "Would Tighter Regulation of Compounding Pharmacies Have Averted The Meningitis Tragedy?" and to view the list of accredited compounding pharmacies in your area, please visit HealthyAnswers.com.
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