Reply To: Quality Control on the Free Market: Horse meat and Compounding Pharmacies


I agree with all that, but the question I’m asking regarding specifically the New England Compounding Pharmacy was that the government was NOT insuring the quality of their products. Compounding pharmacies are not under the FDA like manufacturers. So the argument is being made that more oversight would’ve prevented this. So why hasn’t the market produced good quality control among compounding pharmacies? There are several well-known sterility standards such as USP-797 and accreditation/certification available… why would so many hospitals neglect those quality insurance signals and go for this pharmacy that was dirty? When dealing with an entity as big as a hospital and with few options of hospitals, how do consumers hold hospitals accountable for ordering supplies from poor quality compounding pharmacies or even know who their suppliers are?