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More Drug Shortages in Fungal Meningitis Aftermath

Are New Laws Needed? continued...

David Ball, a spokesman for the IACP trade group, agrees that changes are on the way.

"What the compounding profession hopes for is that whatever changes occur don't disrupt the legitimate care provided to patients," he says. "The hope is that compounders continue to be available to provide these services. ... What we want to see is that organizations operating outside their license, that are manufacturing drugs without a permit to do so, are dealt with. We want to make sure people in the profession are in compliance with the law."

Meanwhile, the toll from the fungal meningitis outbreak continues to mount. As of Nov. 2, the tainted drugs have caused 395 cases of fungal meningitis and nine cases of fungal joint infections. The injections have killed 29 of these people.

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