State pharmacy board discusses more regulation

State pharmacy board discusses more regulation in wake of meningitis outbreak


Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - Members of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy discussed several options to increase oversight of sterile compounding pharmacies in the wake of last year's deadly multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis that has sickened hundreds of people across the country.

During a meeting Thursday in Nashville, board members weighed proposals from the state Department of Health.

The proposals included changes to pharmacy licenses and stressed the need for more investigators to ensure facilities were sterile.

Doctors in Tennessee were the first to link the meningitis outbreak to steroid injections prepared by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, which also had a pharmacy license in Tennessee until it was revoked.

Across the country, 45 people, including 14 in Tennessee, have died after getting the shots.

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