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Ohio Cracks Down After Meningitis Outbreak

The state of Ohio is cracking down on pharmacies that custom-mix individualized prescriptions after a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding company.

Jesse L. Wimberly, pharmacy inspector for the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, tells the Dayton Daily News that the state is checking all 17 pharmacies statewide that custom-mix compound prescriptions. Those pharmacies are typically inspected at least once every three years.

Wimberly says the state now requires pharmacies to specify how much of their business is strictly retail sales and how much is mixing up custom preparations.

Eleven illnesses in Ohio have been linked to a larger meningitis outbreak and recalled steroid injections for back pain.