Senate Passes Drug Compounding Bill

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate passed a bill by voice vote on Monday to expand the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to regulate drug compounding pharmacies, which mix and create tailored-made medications for patients.

The bill, called the Drug Quality and Security Act, was introduced by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., in response to a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people after a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy distributed contaminated medication. 

The bill passed the House of Representatives in September and will now head to President Obama for a signature.

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