US FDA Green-Lights Outsourcing Facilities, Pharmacies To Compound COVID-19 Treatments
Hospital shortages of critical FDA-approved drugs used for treating COVID-19 patients has prompted the US FDA to loosen restrictions against compounding these drugs. In a related action, the FDA will now allow outsourcing facilities and compounding pharmacies to repackage propofol, also in short supply.
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