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Dangers from compounding pharmacies persist

Dangers from compounding pharmacies persist | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
Nearly a year after a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis erupted, new cases of the disease are still emerging, and efforts to tighten regulation of the type of pharmacy behind the outbreak are moving slowly.
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Easier Said Than Done:Getting to know about compounding pharmacies | The Sierra Vista Herald

Easier Said Than Done:Getting to know about compounding pharmacies | The Sierra Vista Herald | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
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Simply, compounding medications was the way of pharmacy for years and years, before the rise of huge drug manufacturing companies. Now, these pharmacies offer the added feature of being able to compound medications per a doctor’s prescription to better suit a particular patient.

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Can Inflating A Blood Pressure Cuff Improve Outcomes Following Bypass Surgery?

Can Inflating A Blood Pressure Cuff Improve Outcomes Following Bypass Surgery? | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
For several decades cardiologists have been intrigued by the concept of ischemic preconditioning.
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Luxury skin care in Michael Bloomberg’s Manhattan: Bird poop facial

Luxury skin care in Michael Bloomberg’s Manhattan: Bird poop facial | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
Only in Mike Bloomberg’s Manhattan. Craving a Big Gulp? Better have a good lawyer. Want to do something special for your face? Treat it to a bird poo poultice at a luxury spa.
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Tennessee pharmacy recalls steroid injections after 7 people get abscesses

A Tennessee compounding pharmacy on probation has voluntarily recalled a steroid injection in at least 11 states after seven patients get skin abscesses.
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The story continues from Massachusetts to Tenessee, Question remains what can be done to assure compounded products safety?

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Infectious Disease Special Edition - In Fight for Safe Compounding, a Salvo From NABP

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The British Patient Care NICE PDF Files in Alphabetical Order

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PBM Audit Lawyers: Top 5 Steps All Compound Pharmacies Should Take in Light of the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

PBM Audit Lawyers: Top 5 Steps All Compound Pharmacies Should Take in Light of the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
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Some compounding pharmacies fill needs Big Pharma passes over | News-Gazette.com

Some compounding pharmacies fill needs Big Pharma passes over | News-Gazette.com | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
CHAMPAIGN — Compounding pharmacists don't just customize drugs for individual patients with special needs.As pharmaceutical companies have stopped making some products, compounding pharmacists have played an increasingly important role helping fill...
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Compounding Pharmacy's Extreme Safety Measures | wltx.com

Compounding Pharmacy's Extreme Safety Measures | wltx.com | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it

When inspectors described what they found inside a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a national fungal meningitis outbreak, Cindy Smith made her pharmacy staff read the report.

They read about mold and bacteria in two "clean rooms" that were supposed to be sterile. They read about labeling errors that made it difficult to tell sterile and non-sterile ingredients apart. They read details about "yellow residue" and "green residue" and other unknown foreign substances on various pieces of equipment.

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Mass. pharmacy board director fired for allegedly ignoring complaint about Framingham pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak

The director of the state pharmacy board, James D. Coffey, has been fired and the board’s attorney, Susan Manning, has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly ignoring a complaint in July that New England Compounding Center was distributing bulk shipments of drugs to hospitals in Colorado, in violation of its state licenses, Massachusetts health officials announced Wednesday.

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Previous fungal meningitis outbreak a decade ago resulted in no oversight changes

Previous fungal meningitis outbreak a decade ago resulted in no oversight changes | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
In 2002, two people died and seven got sick in a contamination case similar to the current upsurge.
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A Course in Hospital Pharmacy by Dr Anas Bahnassi

Learn the basics you need to have to practice in a hospital settings from medication management to compounding...
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Dangers from compounding pharmacies persist

Dangers from compounding pharmacies persist | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
Nearly a year after a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis erupted, new cases of the disease are still emerging, and efforts to tighten regulation of the type of pharmacy behind the outbreak are moving slowly.
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1 in 4 Cardiovascular Related Deaths Can Be Prevented

1 in 4 Cardiovascular Related Deaths Can Be Prevented | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
More than half of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths happen to people under 65.
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Pharmacy Associations Testify on Compounding Regulation at House Subcommittee Hearing

Pharmacy Associations Testify on Compounding Regulation at House Subcommittee Hearing | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
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Startup Incorporates Smartphone Tech Into Rx Bottles

Startup Incorporates Smartphone Tech Into Rx Bottles | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
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Technology in improving patient's adherence

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USPharmacist.com > Compounding: Problem or Pariah?

The company at the center of the fungal meningitis
outbreak was acting as a manufacturer and not as a traditional
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Massachusetts Governor Proposes Increased Compounding Pharmacy Oversight

Massachusetts Governor Proposes Increased Compounding Pharmacy Oversight | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
Tighter restrictions were proposed in reaction to the multi-state meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
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Compounding Pharmacists Oppose Greater U.S. Oversight

Compounding Pharmacists Oppose Greater U.S. Oversight | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
Existing rules, basically on state level, are enough, lobbyist says; death toll tied to tainted steroids still at 32...
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Fungal Meningitis Pathogen Discovers New Appetite for Human Brains: Scientific American

Fungal Meningitis Pathogen Discovers New Appetite for Human Brains: Scientific American | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
The primary culprit in the recent flare-up caused by tainted steroids, Exserohilum rostratum , is not an especially picky eater.
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Pharmacist reassures community in wake of tainted drug threat | The Inyo Register

Pharmacist reassures community in wake of tainted drug threat | The Inyo Register | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it

In the face of the recent nationwide compounded medication threat, a local pharmacist wants to reassure residents they are in safe hands with Inyo County’s only compounding pharmacy.
At last month’s Rotary Club luncheon, Jeff Brown, Pharm.D. of Dwayne’s Friendly Pharmacy, spoke about methylprednisolone, the contaminated compounded pain-relieving synthetic corticosteroid that has caused hundreds of cases of fungal meningitis and joint infections and dozens of deaths throughout the U.S. in recent months.

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Meningitis: Risk Factors Emerge, Cases Top 420

Meningitis: Risk Factors Emerge, Cases Top 420 | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
The first analysis of a large number of patients in the continuing fungal meningitis outbreak -- which has now sickened 424 -- offers clues to why some became ill and others did not.
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Growing Faster Than Facebook: Free Online Courses

Growing Faster Than Facebook: Free Online Courses | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
It's the year of the MOOC.As The New York Times noted today, "Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are the educational happening of the moment." One prominent university after another is...
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WDTV.COM 5 News: Meningitis Outbreak Nears 400 Infected

WDTV.COM 5 News: Meningitis Outbreak Nears 400 Infected | Compounding Pharmacy | Scoop.it
As of Nov. 2, 395 people have developed fungal meningitis, including 29 deaths. Another nine patients have fungal joint infections from steroid injections they may have received in areas such as the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow.

The ongoing 19-state outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked back to three lots of methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) steroid injections made by the Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass. The injections were shipped to 23 states and officials have said up to 14,000 patients may have received the contaminated shots, mostly for back pain treatments.

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