House Passes Bill to Improve Safety of Drugs Made by Compounding Pharmacies
MONDAY Sept. 30, 2013 -- A bill meant to improve the safety of customized drugs prepared by compounding pharmacies was passed Saturday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The legislation would improve how drugs made by compounding pharmacies are tracked from production until they're sold at a drug store, and require the Food and Drug Administration to coordinate its safety oversight of the drugs with states, the Associated Press reported.
Compounding pharmacies could voluntarily register as outsourcing facilities, which would place them under FDA authority. Those that remain traditional pharmacies would continue to be watched over mostly by state pharmacy boards.
The Senate is preparing similar legislation.
About a year ago, a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened hundreds of others was traced to a compounding pharmacy in Framingham, Mass., the AP reported.
Posted: September 2013