FDA faults labs that monitor compounding pharmacies

The FDA, in a series of surprise inspections, has found serious lapses, including unsanitary conditions, lack of proper procedures and poor record keeping, in five laboratories that conduct independent testing for 90% of the nation's compounding pharmacies. The inspections have forced the recall of dozens of drugs and sterile medications. Although legislation is being considered by Congress to establish FDA oversight of compounding pharmacies, testing labs are not included in the bill, and some labs say they should not be evaluated by the same standards as drug manufacturers.

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