Legislation on Pharmaceutical Safeguards Passes U.S. Senate

Updated: 11/18/2013 11:03 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Minnesota Senator Al Franken is one of several members of congress pushing to address the lack of oversight tied to last year's deadly meningitis outbreak.

The Pharmaceutical Quality, Security, and Accountability Act, introduced by Sen. Al Franken and other members of congress, passed in the U.S. Senate on Monday.

Sixty-four Americans died and hundreds more were infected after a Massachusetts drug compounding facility distributed a steroid contaminated with a fungus. It spread meningitis to health care facilities in 20 states, including Minnesota.

The legislation seeks to stop similar outbreaks and help prevent deaths related to contaminated medicines.