posted on Oct, 19 2012 @ 10:11 PM
The death toll continues to mount as a result of meningitis attributed to the fungal contamination of steroid drugs sourced from New England
Quoting ABC News, “It's unclear how the fungus, called Exserohilum rostratum, landed in the sealed vials.”
What does a Compounding Center do? The NECC web site states,” It makes its own compounds, allowing practitioners to get compound medications that
are no longer manufactured or are on constant back order due to shortages.”
Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the Mass. Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, said the company was meant to make up drugs only in
response to a doctor's prescription for an individual patient.
FDA spokeswoman Dr. Deborah Autor, stated that
a 2006 warning letter to the company, charging it was acting more like a drug manufacturing firm than a compounding pharmacy, elicited assurances that
patient safety was being protected and that applicable laws and regulations were being obeyed.
One function of the compounding center is to break down large quantities of drugs into smaller doses for use on individual patients.
My question is, what are the sources of the drugs entering the compounding center system?
It is well known that drug manufacturing has become an offshore industry. Numerous reports have come through the news recently of quality and drug
strength being sometimes not well controlled. Tracking back discovered problems has proven difficult. People using online drug sources may be even
more at risk for poor quality traceability.
I have not heard of any news organizations or government agencies questioning or reporting the sources of the raw bulk drugs used by the compounding