Compounding Pharmacy Bill Clears U.S. Senate
A bill tightening oversight of compounding pharmacies is on its way to President Obama after passage by the Senate.
The measure is a response to a shipment of contaminated drugs which caused a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people in nearly two dozen states last year.
The outbreak was traced to a Massachusetts pharmacy.
The legislation aims to tighten regulations on pharmacies that mix, package and ship medications.
The Senate approved the measure by a process known as a “voice vote,” which can be done as long as no one objects. (Metro Networks Inc.)