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Pharmacy Responsible for Outbreak May Have Misled Regulators

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The Massachusetts' governor says the New England compounding pharmacy currently in the spotlight may have misled regulators and overstepped the boundaries of their state license, by making big batches of medicine and selling it out of state. That decision has caused a tainted injection, that's killed at least 12 people and left hundreds sick.

Larry Wagenknecht, CEO of the Michigan Pharmacists Association says, "as we find out more about this particular pharmacy in Massachusetts, it's clear that they were operating different than most pharmacies in Michigan or maybe even throughout the U.S. They were acting very close to a manufacturer as far as what they were doing."

Wagenknechtsays the majority of compounding pharmacies make one specific drug for one patient.

"The type of medication that was compounded is not done by many pharmacies in Michigan. In fact, I've spoken to a number of compounding pharmacies across the state and none of them do the kind of injection which is being placed into the spinal fluid."

It's a tragedy that has spiraled into many wanting answers and wanting action.

Wagenknecht says "one of the changes that we may see is how the FDA and State Boards of Pharmacy define compounding pharmacies."

There is now congressional pressure to get more oversight as lawmakers call for action. Congressman Mike Rogers told 6 News that as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who oversees the FDA, it's vital to get answers. He says, he will work to ensure that proper safety regulations are in place to prevent a tragedy like this in the future.

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