Senate sends drug bill to Obama's desk
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The Senate passed a compound drug bill Monday by voice-vote.

The Drug Quality and Security Act, H.R. 3204, would make it easier to trace drugs throughout the U.S. supply chain.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) introduced the bill after recent fungal meningitis outbreaks caused by unsanitary conditions at a compounding drug factory — 64 people died. 

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The House passed the measure in September, meaning the bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature before becoming law.

The bill broadens the authority of the Food and Drug Administration to better regulate the manufacturing of compound drugs to ensure they are safer. It also contains anti-counterfeit drug provisions.

“We know more from a barcode on a gallon of milk than we do from a barcode on a bottle of prescription drugs, which could mean the difference between life and death," Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs MORE (D-Colo.) said after the vote. "Whether it’s a stronger drug supply chain or better oversight for compounded drugs, this commonsense bill will help restore confidence in our prescription drugs and protect our families from potential health risks.”

Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterSenate panel advances Trump nominee who wouldn't say if Brown v. Board of Education was decided correctly Planned Parenthood targets judicial nominee over abortion comments Trump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge MORE (R-La.) had been filibustering the bill in an effort to get an amendment vote on his Show Your Exemption Act, which would force members of Congress to disclose which of their staff they have exempted from enrolling in the ObamaCare health exchange.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) didn’t give Vitter the vote, saying if he did it would be allowing one senator to “dictate” the Senate.

Vitter said he would also try to get a vote on his bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate will debate this week.

This article was updated at 3:10 p.m.