Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on October 12, 2012 @ 7:55PM
Created on October 12, 2012 @ 6:16PM
A meningitis outbreak has killed 14 and infected more than 150 people for the past few weeks. The pharmacy that gave out the tainted injections is now coming under fire for it's unsafe practices.
That pharmacy is considered a "compounding" pharmacy, which means they can create custom drug mixtures, like turning a pill into a liquid so it's easier for someone to take. These pharmacies don't have the same safety guidelines as manufacturers.
The pharmacy that produced the injections responsible for the outbreak was not required to produce the drug in a sterile environment the way manufacturers do, allowing the fungus to get into the medication. They also mass produced the drug, which is illegal.
Locally, there are several compounding pharmacies. These pharmacies have policies that only allow compounding on an individual basis, and require the use of a sterile area.
"What happens here locally, is a more one on one situation. Our local pharmacies compound when we get that prescription and for that particular patient, and just take care of that one particular prescription. You don't see mass production, and that's really beyond the legal limits of what can be done anyway," said Amanda Smith, pharmacy director of Health Facilities, Inc.
There haven't been any reported cases of meningitis in our area, but Mon General did receive some of the tainted injections.
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