NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The ongoing investigation into the New England Compounding Center's role in the meningitis outbreak has raised concerns about the safety of drugs mixed at other compounding facilities.
Officials at one Nashville pharmacy are telling doctors and patients there is nothing to worry about. The Health and Wellness Compounding Pharmacy has been mixing customized medications for patients in the Nashville area for 30 years.
"We could not be more different than the New England Compounding Center," said Pharmacist Dr. Mark Binkley. "This is designed to be a local facility to take care of patients locally and not the entire country."
Dr. Binkley said inside the smaller facility, technicians focus on each specific order and following regulations. The building includes a main laboratory as well as a "clean room" for sterile preparations. Dr. Binkley said in light of the meningitis outbreak, safety is even more of a top priority.
"It has been a difficult ordeal to watch because everything we are taught as far as preparing medication sounds like it has been violated," said Dr. Binkley. "We have to do our due diligence to protect the public."
Late Tuesday afternoon, federal agents raided the New England Compounding Pharmacy in search of evidence regarding those tainted drugs. The pharmacy suspended operations shortly after the outbreak.
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention sets the standards for compounding pharmacies. Each state, including Kentucky and Tennessee, also have a regulatory body that oversees these pharmacies.