Massachusetts Compounding Pharmacy Shuts Down For Inspection Due to Meningitis Outbreak
The recent meningitis outbreak has now spread to 11 states. The deadly illness, which has been traced to contaminated steroids, has already killed 12 people and infected nearly 150.
The outbreak has since been linked to a compounding pharmacy (one that formulates unique pharmaceuticals for specific needs) in Massachusetts, and now, another company associated with the pharmacy is shutting down.
Speaking with Happening Now from Atlanta, Fox News correspondent Jonathan Serrie reported that the Massachusetts compounding company known as Ameridose has agreed to shut down to allow state and federal investigators to inspect its operation.
Serrie also said that the state of Massachusetts does not allow compounding pharmacies to mass-produce compounded drugs, a fact echoed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
“What they’re supposed to be doing is filling specific prescriptions for specific patients,” said Patrick. “What they were doing instead was making big batches and selling them out of state as a manufacturer would. And that is certainly outside of their state licensing authority.”
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