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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.

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.

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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.