Snyder OKs Bills to Boost Oversight of Pharmacies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Bills signed into law Wednesday raise record-keeping and inspection standards for compounding pharmacies. This comes in the wake of the 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by tainted steroid injections.

This photo provided Oct. 9, 2012, by the Minnesota Department of Health shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws strengthening Michigan's oversight of pharmacies following a fatal 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections from a Massachusetts company.

The legislation raises licensing, record-keeping and inspection standards for compounding pharmacies and requires all pharmacies to have a designated leader responsible for ensuring the facility follows state laws and regulations. Violations that cause injuries or death can lead to four to 15 years in prison.

The contaminated steroids were distributed in Livingston, Genesee, Macomb and Grand Traverse counties. Snyder said Wednesday 22 that Michigan patients died and hundreds more were injured.

Congress last year passed and President Barack Obama signed federal legislation sorting out the legal gray area that allowed the New England Compounding Center and similar operations to skirt state and federal regulations.


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