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Now we are at eleven states affected by the meningitis outbreak that is new today twelve people now reported dead more than a hundred others sick.
That rare disease traced to a tainted shocked.
And Jonathan series on the story in Atlanta we're getting word that yet another pharmacy shutting down what's happening.
-- that's right bill this is another compounding pharmacy this one located in west -- Massachusetts.
Agreeing to temporarily shut down to -- state and federal officials to go in and investigate its operations this pharmacy is called.
-- marriage goes and although it's a separate operation it's owned by the same individuals who owned the New England compounding center of the pharmacy that produced.
The back pain medication suspected in the meningitis outbreak a -- -- released a written statement on its voluntary closure saying.
This action was taken proactively and cooperatively.
With the board of registration -- pharmacy out of an abundance of caution.
To ensure the safety of all a mirror those products.
The company goes on to say that there is no indication of any contamination in any Mets produced by a marriage nose and no reason why.
Doctor should stop using those minutes.
With their patients.
So -- -- -- back to what Framingham Massachusetts writing New England compound in center.
Could could -- face any state or federal penalties.
You know it's interesting because when -- unlike drug manufacturers.
Which face stiff regulation by the FDA it's very different for these.
Compounding pharmacies these are pharmacies that take in.
Drugs from these outside manufacturers.
And then either combine them or Alter them.
In -- way.
To distribute to patients who -- for some reason can't take the drugs.
In their original form will -- -- the FDA has tried to regulate these compounding pharmacies but in 2002.
The Supreme Court overturned a law.
They it would have given the FDA more oversight on the grounds that restrictions.
The FDA was trying to impose on Al.
Advertising for compounded drugs was an unconstitutional.
To commercial speech so.
Most regulation is done at the -- state level -- Massachusetts for example.
They do not allow.
These compounded drugs to be mass distributed and so the governor of that state says what was going on -- the New England compounding senator.
May have -- -- violated state law listen.
They were supposed to be doing he's feeling specific prescriptions for specific patient as I think any of us would understand pharmacy to do.
What they were doing instead is making -- sketches and selling them state as a manufacturer would.
And that is certainly -- -- there's been -- exciting.
Regulators in Massachusetts are now requiring.
All compounding pharmacies in that state to provide sworn affidavits that they are following all regulations and not.
Mass producing compounded medications -- -- on the stories we get a thank you Jonathan Jonathan Serrie back from that story today in Atlanta.
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