Only 4 of 37 Compounding Pharmacies Pass Surprise Health Inspection in Massachusetts
EMSL Analytical provides USP 797 testing for Compounding Pharmacies at our FDA registered, DEA licensed, and ISO 17025 compliant laboratory.
According to Boston.com, health officials have reported that a surprise state inspection took place at 37 compounding pharmacies in Massachusetts in which only four were found to have been fully complying with industry safety standards. All 37 pharmacies are similar to the pharmacy responsible for last year’s fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened over 700 people across the country and caused 45 deaths.
Twenty-one of the pharmacies were cited for minor violations; however eleven of them were found to have serious violations of state pharmacy regulations. The state has temporarily shut down all or part of the facilities that were found with serious violations.
The surprise inspections were conducted by the Department of Public Health beginning in October 2012 in response to the New England Compounding Center’s tainted steroids that caused the fungal meningitis outbreak. However, health officials have stated that the range of issues found at these facilities were not as serious as those at the New England Compounding Center.
To date no products have been recalled as a result of the inspections and no health issues have been reported.
“Massachusetts is actually one of the few states that requires compounding pharmacies to follow nationally or state safety guidelines, so health officials would most likely find similar results if they conducted these inspections in other states,” states Diane Miskowski, MPH, Business Development Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL Analytical, the nation’s leading environmental testing laboratory, has an FDA registered, DEA licensed, and ISO 17025 compliant laboratory to assist compounding pharmacies in complying with USP 797 standards.
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