Baptist Huntingdon pharmacy director Nina Smothers was recently appointed chair of a task force established to examine Tennessee’s sterile compounding regulations. Sterile compounding is the preparation of custom medications for patients in a sterile environment to prevent contamination and maintain patient safety. The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy established the task force in the wake of a meningitis outbreak last year that resulted from tainted steroids prepared in a New England compounding center. About 50 people nationwide, including more than a dozen in Tennessee, died from the outbreak.
Smothers’ committee recommended administrative changes, including improved Tennessee Board of Pharmacy oversight of inspectors, adopting new compounding regulations, and improving communication among state pharmacy board.