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Report says states not adequately tracking drugs

Says oversight of pharmacies lax

Compounding pharmacies in at least 49 states are not required to report the quantity of drugs they produce or where the drugs are shipped, according to survey results set to be released by Representative Edward J. Markey’s office Monday.

The report, being issued in advance of a US House hearing Tuesday on oversight of the specialty pharmacies, describes a patchwork of state policies under which regulators wait for complaints about faulty drugs, rather than work proactively to ensure medications mixed at the facilities are safe.

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