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Health overhaul debate snags Senate pharmacy bill

WASHINGTON — A year after a 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 the president for his signature, it has to clear a hurdle put in its path by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter in his ongoing campaign to discredit the health care overhaul. A test vote is scheduled this evening.

Vitter has objected to the Senate voting on it without first voting on his bill to make members of Congress disclose which of their aides are signing up for the health care law, and which are being allowed to stay in the Federal Employee Benefit Program.

Health overhaul debate snags Senate pharmacy bill 11/11/13 [Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 10:52pm]
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