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House OK’s bill aimed at improving drug safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved legislation aimed at improving the safety of drugs made by compounding pharmacies, which mix customized medicines.

The measure is a response to a meningitis outbreak last year that killed 64 people and sickened hundreds more. It was traced to a compounding company in Massachusetts that has since closed.

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The House approved the legislation by voice vote on Saturday as lawmakers held a weekend session to focus on their budget and health care dispute with President Barack Obama.

It was hailed by lawmakers from both parties. Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro criticized it because it would let companies register voluntarily with the Food and Drug Administration.

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