Friday, May 24, 2013

N.J. hires pharmaceutical experts to help investigate drug compounding industry

Alexi Friedman/The Star-Ledger
on May 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM, updated May 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM
chiesa.jpgNew Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a photo last year, said the state would hire drug compounding experts to help with an ongoing investigation on industry practices.Star-Ledger file photo 

The state Attorney General’s Office has hired pharmaceutical drug compounding experts to help with its ongoing investigation of the industry, after a recent discovery of mold in intravenous bags prepared by a Tinton Falls compounding business.

The contract with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy will employ member pharmacists and investigators to help state inspectors in their review, Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said today.

Drug compounding takes mass-manufactured drugs and mixes them to fit a patient’s needs, including turning pill into liquid form.

The announcement coincided with a separate report from a consumer advocacy group detailing 10 years of safety violations by drug compounding pharmacies. That report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, titled “Prescription for Danger,” found more than 40 compounding pharmacies across the nation — including four in New Jersey — ignored warning letters federal authorities had sent accusing them of safety violations. The report analyzed the years 2002 to 2012.

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