State lawmakers to debate tougher pharmacy regulations


BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts House lawmakers are planning to debate a bill that would clamp down on compounding pharmacies like the one blamed for a nationwide meningitis outbreak last year.
House lawmakers released the latest version of the bill on Monday and are scheduled to meet in formal session on Wednesday to debate the measure.
It's not the only legislation aimed at increasing oversight of the pharmacies that mix customized drugs.
The U.S. House on Saturday approved legislation that would give the federal Food and Drug Administration clearer oversight of the pharmacies.
Both measures come almost a year after a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened hundreds more was traced to a compounding company in Framingham, Mass.
Inspectors later found unsanitary conditions at the New England Compounding Center, which has since closed.