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Senator’s actions delay tighter pharmacy rules

WASHINGTON — A year after a Massachusetts meningitis outbreak from contaminated pain injections killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds, Congress is ready to increase federal oversight over compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications.

Before the bill gets to President Obama for his signature, it first has to clear a hurdle put in its path by Louisiana Senator David Vitter in his campaign to discredit the president’s health care overhaul. A test vote is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

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