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"A compromised sterile product puts patients at risk for serious infections," said Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's drug center. "Health care professionals should ensure that any medicines they administer to patients are obtained from appropriate, reliable sources and are properly administered."
Compounding pharmacies are supposed to mix customized prescriptions based on doctors' instructions. However, some of the pharmacies have grown into larger businesses, supplying bulk quantities of intravenous and injectable drugs to hospitals across the country.
The FDA has been stepping up inspections of compounding pharmacies after a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak last year tied to compounded drugs.
A tainted steroid distributed by a Massachusetts-based compounding pharmacy killed 50 people and has sickened more than 720 nationwide. Many of the cases involved a rare form of meningitis tied to fungus found in the New England Compounding Center's facilities. The company has been shut down since the outbreak was discovered in September.
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