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Battle Brewing Over New Regulations For Compounding Pharmacies

In addition, a bill that would require professional drivers to be tested for sleep apnea flies through the House.

Politico: Lobbyists Roll Up Sleeves For Compounding Battle
If you want to know how nervous the pharmaceutical industry is about the prospect of new federal regulation of compounding pharmacies — like the one involved in last year’s lethal fungal meningitis outbreak — look to K Street. As lawmakers have introduced bills in the House and Senate to regulate these drug-making practices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and trade groups are ramping up their lobbying support for the battle to come (Drusch, 9/24).

Politico: Sleep Apnea Bill Crosses The Aisle
The tale of a sleep apnea bill shows what just might be the most efficient Congress has been in years. In a few short weeks, two House members went from writing a simple two-page bill to seeing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration committing to a formal rule making on sleep apnea testing and treatment for truckers and other professional drivers (Snider, 9/24).

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