Massachusetts curbs compounding pharmacies after 2012 meningitis outbreak

July 10, 2014 6:13 PM

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Massachusetts curbs compounding pharmacies after 2012 meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a law Thursday to rein in compounding pharmacies, after tainted drugs produced by a local company sparked a meningitis outbreak in 2012 that killed 64 people across the United States.

The new law gives greater power to the state board that regulates such pharmacies - which mix but do not manufacture drugs and are subject to lighter standards of oversight than drug manufacturers and sets stricter licensing standards.

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