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State pharmacy boards could lose their authority to regulate pharmacist compounding activities under a controversial new legislative plan being hammered out on Capitol Hill. The proposal, still in draft form at press time, was being circulated by a bipartisan group of senators headed by Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Edward Kennedy (D, Mass).
Under the plan, responsibility for regulating drug compounding would shift to the FDAan agency that has shown little appreciation for the traditional right of pharmacists to compound medicines. The National Community Pharmacists Association and several other national and state pharmacy groups are urging federal lawmakers to reject this legislative proposal and support pharmacy's long-standing authority to compound drugs.
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