Maine Regulators Suspend Pharmacy Accused Of Selling Compounded Drugs Wholesale

Pennsylvania-based Rapid Equine Pharmacy LLC saw its license suspended by regulators in Maine after they say the mail-order pharmacy acted as a wholesaler for compounded drugs and sold large quantities of compounds to a veterinarian who distributed them without prescriptions.

The Maine Board of Pharmacy immediately suspended the company’s license for 30 days in a unanimous vote last week after it found the company didn’t have the proper controls in place to prevent compounding errors or distribution issues. The 30-day suspension is meant to address what the board called “an immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of members of the public” until a hearing can be held to make final determinations about the company’s license. Rapid Equine could face a longer suspension or revocation of its license.

Rapid Equine is accused of providing large quantities of compounded drugs to an undisclosed Michigan veterinarian who admitted to distributing the drugs out of his van at a Maine harness racing track. Compounded prescriptions, which are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, may only be made to order and must be prescribed by a veterinarian for a specific animal with a diagnosed condition. The board’s suspension order stated there were “thousands” of drug orders made by that veterinarian to Rapid Equine.

It’s not the first time Rapid Equine has found itself in trouble with the government. Earlier this year, the FDA issued a warning to consumers after three horses died from drugs compounded by Rapid Equine. The prescriptions in question were for an oral paste combining toltrazuirl and pyrimethamine for the purposes of treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The concentrations of the two drugs were calculated incorrectly, resulting in 18 to 21 times more pyrimethamine in each syringe than was indicated on the label.

Rapid Equine was fined $3,000 in 2015 by the Maine Board of Pharmacy after it failed to appropriately notify the board of a change in personnel.

In 2013, the company was issued a citation and a $5,000 fine for distributing injectable drugs in California without a license. In that case, the California Horse Racing Board alerted pharmacy board officials to the company after discovering its activities during investigation of a levamisole positive.

Read more at WGME

Read more about the regulation of compounding pharmacies in this 2016 Paulick Report investigation.

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