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Three Western Mass. Compounding Centers Given Cease and Desist Orders

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BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) – The state says that three local pharmacies have been given cease and desist orders as part of an ongoing into compounding pharmacies, with two of them filing corrective action plans.

Shortly after the fungal meningitis outbreak connected to New England Compounding last fall, the state’s Department of Public Health began conducting unannounced inspections at 40 compounding pharmacies across the state.

Through those inspections, cease and desist orders were issued to eleven locations, including three in Western Massachusetts.

On December 6, Western Mass. Compounding Center was given a cease and desist order for all sterile compounding and quarantine all prepared sterile compounds and sterile medications they had in their possession. The Department of Public Health says that the center was non-compliant with “required standards for preparation and dispensing sterile medications, and the storage and handling of hazardous medications.”

About a week later, on December 12, the state gave cease and desist orders to Lenox Village Pharmacy in Lenox and Baystate Infusion in Springfield. In both cases, these locations were found “non-compliant with required standards with regard to its preparation of sterile medications.”

According to the Department of Public Health, Baystate Home Infusion and Western Mass. Compounding Center – along with six other centers in Mass. – have filed correction plans.

The cease and desist orders will remain in place until those corrective measures are instituted and a re-inspection is conducted.


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