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Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick yesterday signed into law comprehensive compounding pharmacy reform legislation, which allows Massachusetts to "better protect patients inside and outside the Commonwealth’s borders." The Act includes new licensing, labeling, education and oversight requirements, in addition to new penalties and fines for pharmacies who do not comply with the law.

“Every patient deserves to know that the medication they are taking is safe,” said Governor Patrick. “This law gives Massachusetts the strength and flexibility to better oversee compounding pharmacy practice and protect patients.” Click here to read the Governor's press release.

New Hampshire

An article appearing in the July 5th edition of the New Hampshire Union Leader provides an excellent summary of the problems that IACP has continued to point out on Capitol Hill and to the FDA…are 503B facilities subject to state oversight and, if so, how and to what extent? The Union Leader article details how New Hampshire is dealing with this problem; other states are taking completely different approaches. Click here to read the entire article.

Of interest? New Hampshire will no longer permit dual licensure of pharmacies and manufacturers. It will have to be one or the other which raises questions about whether a 503A compounding pharmacy that also is a 503B outsourcing facility will be allowed to dispense prescriptions for specific patients into New Hampshire… despite DQSA permitting them to do so. Another example of the federal vs. state authority issue which will eventually end up in the courts. 

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