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Senate OK’s bill on drug mixing

Some pharmacies to face new rules

The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday requiring compounding pharmacies that custom mix sterile drugs to obtain a special license from the state pharmacy board, submit to annual inspections, and report more information about their operations. But, unlike the plan approved last month by the House, it temporarily exempts a large segment of the industry: hospital pharmacies.

Instead, the bill would create a commission to review oversight of hospital pharmacies and make recommendations by July 2015. If no change is made by then, the hospitals would become subject to the same rules as other compounding pharmacies.

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