Health Dept Finds Only 4 of 40 Massachusetts Compounding Pharmacies Pass Safety Inspections

When the fungal meningitis outbreak occurred as a result of contamination in a compounding pharmacy, the fallout left health officials scrambling to exert more power over these organizations.  In the wake of this outbreak, the pressure has been on compounding pharmacies to live up to the same standards that pharmacies currently need to meet in order to do business.  Massachusetts Department of Public Health has begun a series of surprise health inspections and the results are out.  Only 4 of the 40 compounding pharmacies inspected passed their inspections.  Could that place patients at severe risk of illness if they're using medications from these compounding pharmacies?

The Danger for Injury to Consumers

After the fungal meningitis crisis sickened over 700 people and killed approximately 45 people, increased attention was focused upon whether or not these compounding facilities were following the rules of sterile facilities.  This recent report by the Massachusetts Department of Health confirms suspicions- that after years of not being forced to conform to recognized safety guidelines, these compounding facilities largely aren't.  Should these facilities produce medications in unsterile environments, a number of injuries could happen, including:

  • bacteria infections
  • exotic diseases
  • mass sickness
  • loss of limbs
  • swelling in the brain
  • stroke, heart attack
  • paralysis
  • death
Depending upon the compounding pharmacies' conditions, consumers could face exotic infections and diseases which could cause them to lose limbs, suffer swelling in the brain, and even die.  Sterile conditions are extremely important when it comes to manufacturing drugs and should be enforced at all times. 

If you buy your medications from a compounding pharmacy and have fallen ill, you should seek immediate medical help.  You should also call a skilled personal injury attorney to help you gain the compensation you need.