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How an Outbreak Changed Compounding Pharmacies: The Ophthalmic Side Effects

Compounding pharmacies have been vital to retina since specialists began using bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA) to treat AMD.

With last year’s fungal meningitis outbreak traced to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, these facilities have come under increased scrutiny. Two major compounders in the ophthalmic drug space have reviewed their own processes and made changes to allay the concerns of physicians, while the accrediting organization for compounding pharmacies is handling increased requests for inspections.

Last October, compounding pharmacies came under increased scrutiny when problems with sterile conditions arose at the New England Compounding Center (NECC), leading to the outbreak that resulted in 696 cases of meningitis and 45 deaths in 20 states…

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