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Drug-mix industry stymies regulators

Mass. congressman seeks tougher rules for compounders

Lawmakers’ calls for tougher regulation of compounding pharmacies are nothing new. Over decades, there have been a series of attempts at the federal level to rein in a business that has largely evaded the kind of stringent oversight established drug makers face.

Federal regulators have long been flummoxed by the growth of the compounding pharmacy industry, which is made up of thousands of small outfits that specially mix medicines for patients, along with an expanding class of industrial-scale manufacturers that ship products to health care providers nationally.

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