Meningitis outbreak shines light on compounding pharmacies

Re: Meningitis outbreak shines light on compounding pharmacies

8 November 2012

While the world debates the pros and cons of compounding pharmacies, there is another form of compounding which takes place commonly at least in India.

Many doctors (some of them quacks) run their own pharmacy where mixtures for common conditions like fever, cough etc. are made and sold to patients. Often such mixtures are a combination of some antibiotic with analgesic and corticosteroid.

The perils are obvious!

Competing interests: None declared

Sandeep Saluja, PHYSICIAN

Saran Ashram, DAYALBAGH

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