Senate Passes Pharmacy Bill

(Washington, DC) -- A bill tightening oversight of compounding pharmacies is on its way to President Obama after unanimous passage by the Senate. The measure is a response to a shipment of contaminated drugs which prompted 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 across state lines. The Senate approved the measure in a process known as a "voice vote," which can be done as long as no one objects. President Obama is expected to sign the measure soon.