Senator Clashes With Anti-Abortion Coalition Over Drug Compounding Bill - KansasCity.com
Compounding is a traditional part of pharmacy practice in which pharmacists create customized medications from scratch, but without having to meet the same safety and quality standards that large drug manufacturers must follow.
A sharply worded reply issued by Roberts’ office this week contended that leaders of the new anti-abortion coalition have shown no interest in discussing what could be done to address their concerns or improve the legislation.
The statement suggested the anti-abortion members of the group may have been co-opted by compounding interests in Texas, where industry groups wield deep political influence.
“If this group was truly focused on the need to protect life, they would contribute to our efforts to end this series of tragic deaths and hundreds of instances of critical illness due to flagrant disregard of federal and state oversight by bad manufacturers working under the guise of compounding pharmacy,” Roberts’ statement read.
A meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections last fall sickened more than 700 patients and killed 61. The outbreak, linked to a large compounder in Massachusetts, allowed Roberts and other senators who have long worked on the issue to find political support in Congress for tighter regulations.