You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Business

House unveils bill to police specialty pharmacies

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would bring more federal oversight to large specialty pharmacies like one that triggered a deadly meningitis outbreak last year.

The bill introduced late Thursday by Republicans and Democrats would subject large compounding operations to regular inspections, fees, and other requirements from the Food and Drug Administration. Currently state pharmacy boards oversee pharmacies, including compounders.

Continue reading below

The effort comes almost a year after the emergence of an illness outbreak linked to contaminated drugs from a Massachusetts pharmacy, which killed at least 64 people and sickened 750 more. The bill’s coauthor, Representative Morgan Griffith of Virginia, said the legislation would prevent similar outbreaks and ensure the ‘‘quality and safety of all compounded drugs in the country.’’

The Senate introduced similar legislation in May.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week