The Compounding Shop pharmacy in St. Petersburg recalls certain drugs

FDA issues alert after sterility concerns

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Elanie Garofalo says despite concerns from the Food and Drug Administration about the place where she gets her prescriptions filled, she will remain a customer.

"I'm not a worrier by nature, so I sort of thought about it and I'll give them a call and see what's going on and make sure everything is ok. And they assured me it was not a problem for my medication," said Garofalo.

An FDA review of The Compounding Shop on Park Avenue in St. Petersburg found sterility issues involving their sterile injectable drugs.

If those drugs are contaminated, that puts patients at risk for serious infection.

The Compounding Shop management declined to be interviewed, but they say they are recalling the products in question and are letting their customers know about the warnings.

Two FDA inspections of the shop, conducted in March, found poor sterile production procedures, often involving inadequate sanitation while drugs were being mixed.

The FDA is stepping up inspections after last year's meningitis outbreak linked to injectable steroids from a compounding center in Massachusetts.

Pharmacist Benjamin Benoit at the Medicine Shoppe in Pasco County says what happened in St. Petersburg isn't a reason for most customers to panic.

"We are the second most trusted profession.  I'm not saying there aren't any bad pharmacists, just like there aren't any bad other professions.  But I'm pretty sure that if you have a pharmacist that you trust, that he's doing things the proper way," said Benoit.

The FDA says they haven't found any reports of infections connected to The Compounding Shop. But advise any patients questioning their medication to contact their doctor.

More:  To see the inspection report, visit  http://wfts.tv/13kw2ZC .  For all of the 2013 pharmacy inspections, visit    http://wfts.tv/YxaSWj

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