The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and North Carolina’s pharmacy board have announced that doctors and patients should not use compounded drugs from the Prescription Center pharmacy in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The warning also extends to veterinarians. The pharmacy made and distributed drugs in all 50 states, as well as Canada. The pharmacy has been shut down by North Carolina officials.
State officials said they ordered the recall of all lots of sterile and nonsterile products that were compounded, repackaged, and distributed by the pharmacy between September 10, 2014 and March 10, 2015. The recall was ordered in March, and occurred after a state inspection of the pharmacy.
Although it’s unclear exactly what conditions were found inside the pharmacy, officials say that the recall occurred because of the pharmacy’s inability to ensure sterility, stability, or potency of its products. Over 600 drugs have been recalled, including fluoxetine, ciprofloxacin, cidofovir, and cyclosporine. State officials have not received any complaints about anyone being injured by a compounded drug from the pharmacy, but urged doctors and patients to stop using the drugs at issue and to properly dispose of them.
This compounding pharmacy is far from the only one who has had issues with product safety. Compounding pharmacies make specialty blends of drugs to meet patients’ specific needs that cannot be met through commercially available drugs. There are over 56,000 compounding pharmacies in the U.S. which make about three percent of drugs dispensed in the U.S.
Most compounding pharmacies are safe and properly make sterile products in a safe manner. However, some aren’t, and those pharmacies can put thousands of people or more across the country at risk. If you or a loved one has been injured by an unsafe product made by a compounding pharmacy, call Kennedy Hodges. We help people who have been injured by unsafe prescription drugs and will be happy to speak with you about your case. Call today at 855-947-0707 to learn more, or visit our Facebook page.