Drug Safety Project

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The drug supply chain has become increasingly complex in recent years. Today’s prescription and over-the-counter remedies originate in factories all over the world, moving into American homes through supply chains that can involve numerous processing plants, manufacturers, suppliers, brokers, packagers, and distributors. This increases the risk that substandard or counterfeit medicines could reach patients and contributes to shortages of essential medicines. Pew’s work on drug safety helps to ensure a safe, reliable pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution system.

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  • Quality Standards for Stock Supplies of Compounded Drugs Keep Patients Safe

    Medical providers may at times treat patients whose needs cannot be met by commercially available, Food and Drug Administration-approved products, such as a child who requires a liquid form of a medicine approved only as a pill. In these situations, providers can instead prescribe compounded drugs, which are made by pharmacists or physicians instead of drug manufacturers. To protect patient... Read More

  • State Oversight of Drug Compounding

    More than five years have passed since contaminated injections compounded at a single pharmacy caused 76 deaths and 778 illnesses in a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis, a tragedy that made clear that the complex, technical practice of drug compounding was not subject to a level of oversight appropriate to its potential risks to patients. Since then, state and federal officials have been... Read More

  • Report: Majority of States Have Adopted Policies to Make Compounded Drugs Safer

    According to “State Oversight of Drug Compounding,” a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), states have taken important steps to protect patient safety since Pew research first assessed their compounding policies in 2015. Read More

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Senior Associate, Communications