It hasn’t been long since the deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis made headlines around the country, and Tennessee was one of the most impacted states. The outbreak was linked to contaminated steroid shots used to treat back pain developed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). Now 82 cases of infection have been confirmed in Tennessee alone and the number of Tennesseans who have passed away from meningitis has risen to 13. The obvious question has to be… What is being done to prevent similar tragedies in the future?
The Senate health committee is moving ahead to push for legislation that would strengthen oversight of compounding pharmacies, but no new regulations have been settled on yet. Compounding pharmacies are facilities that mix custom medications and are typically monitored by state pharmacy boards. But larger centers like New England Compounding have made it more difficult to regulate since they mass-produce such a huge amount of drugs for shipment across the nation.
But the company is definitely being targeted for its negligence. In fact, the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists has labeled the NECC as ‘a pharmacy hiding behind that license and acting as an illegal drug manufacturer.’
It’s been suggested by the FDA that Congress set up a system that would regulate smaller compounding pharmacies at the state level, but allow FDA oversight for larger pharmacies. While it’s unknown what long-term effects the meningitis outbreak will have on the drug compounding industry, the negative effects it’s had on unsuspecting victims is coming to light daily.
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Source. The Tennessean, ‘http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121116/NEWS/311170006/Another-case-meningitis-reported-Tennessee?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE,’ Walter F. Roche Jr., November 16, 2012.
Source. Times Free Press, ‘http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/nov/15/senate-health-chairman-wants-new-drug-compound-rul/?breakingnews,’ November 15, 2012.