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Legislation Improving Drug Safety Passed by U.S. Senate Today

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed
A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON D.C. (WHTC) -- Bipartisan legislation introduced by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton was approved on Monday.  The bill would improve drug safety and help prevent a future public health crisis like the 2012 deadly fungal meningitis outbreak tied to the New England Compounding Center.  The “Drug Quality and Security Act” is the result of an investigation into the cause of that recent public health catastrophe.  By all accounts, Michigan families were hit hard by the contamination, with 264 cases and 19 deaths, including three fatalities in Upton’s own district.  The House passed the bill by voice vote in late September.  It’s expected to be signed into law by President Obama in the near future.

Story by:  Diane E Coston

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