November, 19 2013

The Senate approved a human prescription compounding bill (H.R. 3204) Monday by voice vote, sending it to President Obama for his signature. The bill had been in the works since last year, when a meningitis outbreak from contaminated steroid pain injections killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds more. The source was ultimately traced to a now-closed pharmacy in Framingham, Mass., the New England Compounding Center (NECC), where inspectors found mold, standing water and other unsterile conditions.  For more information, click here.