States: More federal help needed in compounding pharmacy oversight

Share this article:
PharMerica agrees with FTC lawsuit blocking Omnicare takeover
PharMerica agrees with FTC lawsuit blocking Omnicare takeover

Brought together by the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis, state regulators sought action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate compounding pharmacies. The requests came in a Dec. 19 meeting convened by the FDA with representatives from all 50 states.

Traditional compounding pharmacies make custom medications for patients in response to a prescription. In the meningitis outbreak, New England Compounding Center reportedly produced large amounts of medication without individual prescriptions. So far 39 people have died, with 620 overall being affected by the outbreak.

“The federal government should establish a federal definition of manufacturer and compounding pharmacy,” said Mark Johnston, executive director of the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy. “The most important task is defining the exceptions.”

In addition, the states asked the FDA for better communication and training, and pointed to the legislature for stronger and clearer laws and standards for nontraditional pharmacies. State boards of pharmacy oversee compounding pharmacies.

Share this article:

More in News

Hospitals in the Midwest refer patients to the broadest networks of skilled nursing facilities, study finds

Hospitals in the Midwest refer patients to the ...

Midwestern hospitals spread referrals to the greatest variety of skilled nursing facilities and tap their favorite SNFs least often, according to a recently published analysis of nationwide referral patterns.

Bill would affect pay, scheduling for some nursing home housekeeping staff

Nursing homes could face more stringent scheduling requirements for housekeeping workers and might be on the hook to compensate them for last-minute shift changes under a bill proposed in both houses of Congress.

Joint Commission adds memory care accreditation

New memory care accreditation for nursing homes encourages staff to use a flexible, problem-solving approach to care for those with dementia, according to Joint Commission guidelines.