When it comes to jurisdiction over compounding pharmacies, Senator Lamar Alexander (R, TN), wants someone “on the flag pole” responsible for ensuring that non-traditional compounders meet set federal standards.
Alexander proposed allowing FDA to designate state boards of pharmacy as the primary regulator, if they are willing and able. If the state regulators proved unable or made mistakes, FDA would have the ability to take over regulation.
FDA Commissioner Hamburg gave that idea a positive nod, saying it was one model that could be explored, but she still wants federal regulations to assure consistency.
“I think it should be made explicit,” she said. “I think for non-traditional compounding there should be federal standards that apply to certain types of practices that go to issues of quality and safety.”
FDA said those facilities should be required to submit to inspections, report adverse events and register with the agency.
On the House side, Tom Harkin (D, IA), suggested that compounding facilities shipping across state lines should come under FDA scrutiny. Other ideas included using a volume threshold and prescription records.
If the FDA gets more responsibility – which is looking increasingly likely -- they will also need more funding. Otherwise this is all just C-SPAN rhetoric.
Did somebody say “sequestration?”