U.S. House passes drug safety bill aimed at preventing another fungal meningitis outbreak

September 28, 2013
by Tom Wilemon

Today — more than a year after the fungal meningitis outbreak began that has sickened 750 people with 64 deaths — the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Drug Quality and Safety Act.

The bill, which was drafted with input from key leaders of both the House and Senate, passed by voice vote. The purpose of the legislation is to clarify the authority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over compounding pharmacies that produce and ship large quantities of medicine. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate.

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