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Pharmacists Endorse House Bill to Clarify Compounding Oversight, While Preserving Patient Access to Customized Medications
Date:9/12/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) strongly supports bipartisan House legislation introduced today that is intended to prevent a recurrence of the 2012 meningitis outbreak, the association said in a letter to House lawmakers.

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The Compounding Clarity Act, H.R. 3089, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Gene Green (D-Texas) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), would better enable regulators to protect the public from any entities like the New England Compounding Center (NECC) without harming patients or saddling independent community pharmacists with new red tape.

"Our independent pharmacies provide a needed service in compounding medications and have a long history of protecting patient safety while preserving patient access to vital medications," wrote NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "The House legislation appropriately addresses the issues that led to the NECC tragedy and prevents another tragedy from occurring while also not interfering with the physician-patient-pharmacist relationship and maintaining critical patient access to compounded medications."

H.R. 3089 would preserve state board of pharmacy oversight of the vast majority of independent community pharmacies that compound medications. (When off-the-shelf, manufactured drugs are not an option, pharmacists prepare or "compound" customized medication for a patient in accordance with a phys
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