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Compounding over the counter hand sanitizer

On March 10, 2020, Governor Charles D. Baker declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth to respond to the spread of COVID-19. On March 15, 2020, the Commissioner of Public Health issued an Order authorizing all Massachusetts pharmacies and pharmacists to compound hand sanitizer for use within their facilities as well as sell it over the counter (“OTC”).

In accordance with the Commissioner’s Order, all pharmacies and pharmacists may compound and sell hand sanitizer OTC, provided the following requirements are satisfied:

The general public may visit a participating pharmacy on a walk-in basis and purchase compounded OTC hand sanitizer. The compounded OTC hand sanitizer may be sold in the front store.

The Board expects pharmacies and pharmacists to price products fairly, to use judgment to avoid bulk sales that may result in hoarding or resale, and to uphold the integrity of the profession during this emergency.

The Order and this guidance are effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the State of Emergency is terminated by the Governor, or the Order is rescinded by the Commissioner, whichever shall happen first.


COVID-19: Hand Sanitizer Guidance