So that compounding pharmacy that has been linked to the tainted steroids
that have sickened more than 250 people and killed some 20 with fungal
meningitis? It seems they have a license to do business here in Oregon,
but they have been under investigation by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy
before the steroid issue even arose.
The Board had been looking into allegations that the pharmacy, New England
Compounding Center, had been sending prescription drugs to Oregon facilities
in bulk then filling out the prescription forms later. In Oregon the law
states that compounders can only distribute medication in patient-specific
amounts. The Board also contends the compounding pharmacy has not been
forthcoming about its practices and has not been cooperating with its
investigation. The Board is hoping to revoke New England Compounding Center’s
So far it seems the tainted steroids have not affected any patients in
Oregon. Estimates of patients affected by the contaminated injections
number around 14,000.