Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Causes Closer Look at Compounding Pharmacies

The fungal meningitis outbreak is bringing the work of compounding pharmacies into the public eye, and many people do not like what they see.

Compounding pharmacies prepare medications that that are not readily available from a true drug manufacturer.  The number of such facilities have exploded in the last decade and now some 2000 of these pharmacies exist.  Most of them produce a relatively small number of products, but some of them, like the New England Compounding Center (NECC)  that compounded the steroid used for epidural injections that gave risk to the outbreak, are quite large.

The Wall Street Journal has  an article in today’s paper about how some doctors are thinking the use of such pharmacies.

All of the controversy about compounding pharmacies  will cause many victims of the meningitis outbreak to look beyond the actions of the NECC and begin to question the liability of those of purchased the drugs from such a supplier.  Last week I wrote about the liability of the manufacturer and sellers of the steroid under  Tennessee product liability law.  However, it now appears that the sellers may have to be concerned about their potential liability for purchasing drugs from compounding pharmacies in general and from NECC in particular.  I will write more about this subject later this week.

Finally, click on the link to read about the types of damages that can be recovered in the fungal meningitis cases under Tennessee law.


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