AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A lawmaker has proposed a bill that would strengthen the rules governing compounding pharmacies in Maine.
Hallowell Democrat Sharon Anglin Treat says she proposed her measure to prevent what happened in Massachusetts from happening in Maine. Authorities have said poor oversight and practices at a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts led to a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has resulted in more than 50 deaths and sickened hundreds.
Treat tells the Kennebec Journal that the state must act because there are no federal rules governing the pharmacies.
A public hearing on the measure is scheduled for Monday.
Treat's bill would require all compounding pharmacies that fill prescriptions for those who live in Maine to be licensed by Maine, and it creates a new type of license for compounding pharmacies.
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