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Resource ID: #19103
Subject: Medicine
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Affiliation: 
Date: Sunday, June 23, 2002

Description

Thousands of neighborhood pharmacies across the country make hundreds of compounded products. There is little oversight by either federal or state regulators to ensure that drugs made by compounders are safe or effective. And patients often have no idea that the drugs they have been prescribed are compounded. The case of Doc's Pharmacy illustrates how doctors, as well as their patients, are unaware of the risks inherent in pharmacy compounding.

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