" " The New England Compounding Center is shown here on Oct. 5, 2012. Until the Framingham, Mass., pharmacy landed in the news for the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, a lot of folks hadn't heard of these specialized pharmacies. Jared Wickerham/ Getty Images Compounding pharmacies don't usually get a lot of media coverage for good news. It's the mistakes -- the deadly outbreaks of meningitis from contaminated vials or the eye infections caused by unsterile medications -- that tend to make the evening news. Turns out, though, that regulatory practices for compounding pharmacies, at least in the United States, tend to follow the same pattern. Until something goes wrong, safeguards aren't generally in place. First off, let's briefly outline what one of these places is. In the U.S., most drugs and medications are manufactured by large pharmaceutical companies. That means most prescriptions come in bulk: only certain potencies, forms or methods. A compounding pharmacy … [Read more...] about Are compounding pharmacies regulated?
Introduced in 1996, Internet Explorer’s ActiveX controls were a bad idea for the web. They caused serious security problems and helped cement the dominance of Internet Explorer on Windows, which led to the pre-Firefox stagnation of the web . What Were ActiveX Controls? ActiveX controls are a type of program that can be embedded in other applications. Microsoft used them for a variety of purposes—for example, you could embed ActiveX controls in Microsoft Office documents. However, here, we’re focusing on ActiveX for the web. Starting with Internet Explorer 3.0 in 1996, Microsoft let web developers embed ActiveX controls in their web pages. Back then, when you visited a web page, Internet Explorer would prompt you to download and run any ActiveX controls that the web page specified. Popular Internet Explorer plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave, RealPlayer, Apple QuickTime, and Windows Media Player were implemented using ActiveX controls. RELATED: What … [Read more...] about Remembering ActiveX Controls, the Web’s Biggest Mistake