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Rep. Calter and Rep. Cutler help pass overhaul of state’s compounding pharmacies

Rep. Calter and Rep. Cutler help pass overhaul of state’s compounding pharmacies

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Published by Rep. Josh S. Cutler
Rep. Calter and Rep. Cutler help pass overhaul of state’s compounding pharmacies
Sweeping reforms greatly enhance patient safety and increase transparency procedures
Rep. Calter and Rep. Cutler help pass overhaul of state’s compounding pharmacies
Sweeping reforms greatly enhance patient safety and increase transparency procedures

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: 617-722-2014October 2, 2013
Rep. Calter and Rep. Cutler help passoverhaul of state’s compounding pharmacies
Sweeping reforms greatly enhance patient safety and increase transparency procedures
BOSTON—State Rep. Tom Calter and Rep. Josh Cutler joined their colleagues in the House thisweek to pass legislation that will increase the oversight of compounding pharmacies, improvequality and safety standards in the Commonwealth, and establish rigorous transparency andaccountability practices for compounding pharmacies across the state.The unanimous vote distinguishes Massachusetts as the first state to pass comprehensivelegislation relative to compounding pharmacies. The bill addresses a previous lack of consistentstandards, at both a state and federal level, governing the operations of specialty pharmaciesengaged in sterile compounding. This legislation was carefully crafted following the 2012meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated drugs produced at the New England CompoundingCenter in Framingham, Massachusetts.“This bi-partisan legislation will help make sure that Massachusetts is doing all it can to requirethe highest standards of safety, transparency and oversight from our compounding pharmacyindustry,” said Rep. Calter.“We hope these commonsense reforms will help set a national standard so that no individual isagain affected by the kind of negligence we saw in 2012 with the meningitis outbreak inFramingham,” said Rep. Cutler.This compounding pharmacy bill modernizes pharmacy oversight while enhancing patient accessto critical medications. The legislation addresses the unique needs of this industry through thefollowing provisions:
 
Establishes a specialty license for all in-state and out-of-state sterile compoundingpharmacies;
 
Requires the Department of Public Health to track all sterilely compounded drugs madeby state-licensed pharmacies;

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