Roberts right about needing to regulate compounding

Good for Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., for leading an effort to provide more oversight of pharmacy compounding, which now is mostly unregulated. Roberts has been working for more than 10 years to strengthen regulations regarding the mixing of medications, but the issue received more urgency after dozens of people died last year from an outbreak of spinal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections prepared by a compounding company in Massachusetts. “It really is unfortunate that 53 people have to die and 700 get sick before we have the will to do this,” Roberts said. Though Roberts is normally leery of more regulations, he recognizes that this is needed for public safety. “We just have to get it done,” he said. He’s right.