Lawmakers advance bill to strengthen oversight of compounding pharmacies

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Massachusetts pharmacists who specially mix injectable and other sterile medications would be required to take continuing education classes, and their pharmacies would have to provide patients with the number of a staffed hotline to report problems, under legislation approved Tuesday by the Joint Committee on Public Health and aimed at preventing a repeat of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak blamed on a Framingham speciality pharmacy.

The legislation would also require the state’s Department of Public Health to develop and maintain a website that allows the public to search state records of enforcement actions against problem pharmacies and to search records about adverse reactions reported by patients who have taken drugs from Massachusetts-licensed pharmacies.

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