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Deadly meningitis outbreak puts spotlight
on custom-mixed drugs from
‘compounding pharmacies’

Associated, by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 10/5/2012 2:49:43 AM

Two people blinded in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Three dead in Virginia in 2006 and three more in Oregon the following year. Twenty-one dead polo horses in Florida in 2009. Earlier this year, 33 people in seven states with fungal eye infections. And now, at least five people dead and 35 sickened with fungal meningitis that has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. All these disasters involved medicines that had been custom-mixed at what are called “compounding pharmacies” - laboratories that supply hospitals, clinics and doctors to a much wider degree in the U.S. than many people realize.

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The last steroid shot I had in my back didn't work and hurt much worse than the previous one going in (which did work--like magic). Was a careless compounding pharmacy responsible, I wonder? I've frequently used such pharmacies to have pet medicines transformed into salves or flavored for better acceptance and had no idea their products were not regulated by the FDA. Seems that the drug shortages we've read about have caused a huge increase in these unregulated products--compounding pharmacies apparently have increased by 50% on Obama's watch.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice, 10/5/2012 4:15:43 AM     (No. 8911084)

It sounds like some substance(s) have been contaminated somehow. I don't see how these prolblems could be affecting more thann one or two compounding pharmacies unless someone is supplying them with inferior products. I don't see how this could be the fault of the pharmacy or pharmacist. No, this sounds like a supplier issue.

I haven't seen a compounding pharmacy in years (at least that I have been aware of). Those used to be the only places where you could find certain medications and other health supplements.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/5/2012 4:45:27 AM     (No. 8911090)

What? Has the Death Bill already started its work?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: heartlandconservative, 10/5/2012 5:54:44 AM     (No. 8911141)

#1 Cause of death in the US is doctors and the drugs they prescribe or over the counter stuff that is miss used.
Think about that next time you run out to have your next flu shot. I haven't had the flu since I quit having flu shots over 30 years ago.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 10/5/2012 6:50:53 AM     (No. 8911193)

This is just one more plea for new unnecessary laws and regulations advocated by no-nothing news media. If a few pharmacies are responsible for deaths of their patients there are already laws that cover that. Lets not just add more layers of bureaucracy to healthcare, enough already!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/5/2012 7:39:45 AM     (No. 8911275)

Some believe that having their medications "compounded" is somehow superior to buying medications that have been tested, retested, and then tested again by companies spending a fortune on research and testing.

I fail to see the logic in that approach, and will stick with what my pharmacist dispenses from those companies' products.

It is not a perfect world. It never will be. But why tempt fate. Not this kid.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: skedaddle, 10/5/2012 8:10:14 AM     (No. 8911333)

Just another attack on compounding pharmacies. Does anybody pay attention to all the problems with pharmaceutical manufacturers? Since according to the article, meningitis is in the air, how does that make the coupounder the problem. Is there no air where the pharmaceuticals were manufactured? That's not to say I let the compounders off the hook but I urge caution before you give up your ability to have a drug compounded for you. You don't want to be at the mercy of big pharma.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 10/5/2012 1:11:34 PM     (No. 8912225)

FTA:

Unlike manufactured drugs, these products are not subject to approval by the Food and Drug Administration. And some have turned out to be dangerously contaminated.

. . . Compounding pharmacies often obtain drugs from manufacturers and then split them into smaller doses, or mix ingredients sold in bulk. Any of those steps can easily lead to contamination if sterile conditions aren’t maintained. For example, the fungus suspected in the current meningitis outbreak can spread in the air.

The risks from these products have long been known but are being amplified now by a national shortage of many drugs that has forced doctors to seek custom-made alternatives to the usual first-choice treatments.


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