NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state's health commissioner says steps are being taken to make sure mistakes made at a Massachusetts-based compounding pharmacy blamed for a fatal meningitis outbreak don't occur at similar pharmacies in Tennessee.
John Dreyzehner spoke to members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday.
The outbreak is linked to steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center. Compounding pharmacies custom-mix medications in doses or in forms that generally aren't commercially available.
In Tennessee, Dreyzehner said the number of people sickened by the outbreak is 147 with 14 deaths. Nationwide, 693 people have gotten sick and 45 people have been killed.
Dreyzehner said what happened in Massachusetts was preventable. He said a task force formed by the state Board of Pharmacy has been discussing preventive measures, such as more regulation, and is expected to make recommendations at a hearing on Thursday.
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