Calif. Gov. Signs Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Bill

By Erin Coe (October 8, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT) -- California's governor approved a bill Friday that aims to step up oversight of both in-state and out-of-state sterile compounding pharmacies, a measure that comes in response to a deadly meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroids by a Massachusetts compounder last year.

S.B. 294, authored by state Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, and sponsored by the California State Board of Pharmacy, requires pharmacies that compound sterile drug products for California patients that will be inhaled, injected or administered into the eye to apply for a special, additional license from the state board.

The measure, which is set to take effect in July 2014,...

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