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November 18, 2013 5:40 PM

Senate passes bill for stricter regulation of compounding pharmacies

The Senate on Monday passed a bill that would increase federal oversight of pharmacies that custom-mix medications in bulk. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill, which comes a year after a meningitis outbreak from contaminated steroids killed 64 people nationwide. The issue gained attention in Kansas City in 2001, when pharmacist Robert Courtney was found to have diluted customers’ cancer drugs.

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