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NABP Action Plan Created to Help Enforce Compounding Regulations

Magazine article Drug Topics

NABP Action Plan Created to Help Enforce Compounding Regulations

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STATES SUPPORTIVE

Last month NABP Executive Director Carmen Catizone, MS, RPh, unveiled an action plan to inspect nonresident compounding pharmacies and create a database to share regulatory information about these pharmacies with the state boards of pharmacy nationwide. This was in response to the fungal meningitis outbreak that took the lives of 39 individuals and injured more than 600.

Catizone spoke to attendees of the American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear meeting in Las Vegas.

These patients had received contaminated compounded steroid injections that were produced and distributed by the New England Compounding Center, Frarningham, Mass.

This is a tragedy like no other that NABP has faced," said Catizone who has served the association for 27 years. This issue has totally consumed NABP and the state boards of pharmacy. This will change pharmacy regulation like no one has anticipated."

NABFs action plan began in November during the meeting of the board of pharmacy executive directors. The Iowa Board of Pharmacy had already requested that NABP develop an inspection plan for all of its nonresident pharmacies dispensing compounded drugs that were licensed by Iowa.

"Based upon that agreement, we will be acting as an agent of the state of Iowa and going into all the other states where these pharmacies are located and physically inspecting those pharmacies. We will do so with the cooperation of the resident states," Catizone said The state boards have been supportive and cooperative in providing a list of pharmacies for inspection the first part of NABFs action plan, he said. …

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