Congressman Fred Upton is taking aim at compounding pharmacies to prevent a repeat of health problems like the deadly meningitis outbreak of 2012. That was tracked back to the New England Compounding Center, with the tainted steroid shots killing 64 people nationwide and 19 in Michigan. Three of the fatalities were in Upton's district. His bill, called the Drug Quality and Security Act, clarifies drug compounding laws and protects traditional pharmacies. It also creates a uniform national standard for drug supply chain security. Upton called the legislation the result of bipartisan work between the House and Senate to keep a similar outbreak from ever happening again.
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