Rosa DeLauro Gathers Local Perspectives on Compounding Pharmacies

Will Introduce Legislation This Month

 

NEW HAVEN, CT—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) heard a variety of local perspectives today on how to fix the regulatory morass surrounding compounding pharmacies.  Problems with one such pharmacy caused the recent meningitis outbreak that has sickened over 400 people and caused 31 deaths.  DeLauro will introduce legislation later this month strengthening the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s hand in overseeing such facilities.  Currently those duties are divided among an inconsistent, state-based regulatory patchwork.

 

“Compounding pharmacies are currently licensed and overseen by a patchwork of federal and state regulations that clearly let patients down and risked the public health,” DeLauro said.  “Ultimately, this must be rectified.  We need enhanced Federal authority to regulate the compounding industry. But this is something we have to get right. That is why I brought together this diverse group of Connecticut voices today, to get their thoughts, and make sure we are moving forward with any legislation in the most effective way.”

 

DeLauro, a senior member of the committee responsible for funding the FDA, announced she would introduce the legislation on October 9, the same day she wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius on the issue.  On October 19 she and Representative Sanford Bishop wrote to Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki to ensure the safety of pharmaceuticals given to participants in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Health Administration.

 

Participating in today’s roundtable discussion were:

  • Commissioner Jewel Mullen, CT Department of Public Health
  • Deputy Commissioner Michelle Seagull, CT Department of Consumer Protection
  • John Gadea, Director, Drug Control Division, CT Department of Consumer Protection
  • Margherita Giuliano, CT Pharmacists Association
  • Lori Lee, Pharmacy Director, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Dr. Eric Tichy, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Yale-New Haven Transplant Center
  • Rick Carbray, APEX Pharmacy Hamden
  • Jim Cangelosi, Brookfield Pharmacy in Brookfield, CT
  • Annik Chamberlin, Beacon Prescription in Southington, CT
  • Lisa Winkler, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
  • Ken Ferrucci, CT State Medical Society
  • John J. Paggioli, Eastern Connecticut Pain Treatment Center