Senate Passes FDA Drug Safety Bill

Measure would give agency more power over prescription drugs
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2007 4:53 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Senate moved the Food and Drug Administration drug-safety bill one step closer to law yesterday, passing it unanimously and sending it to President Bush, who is expected to sign it. The measure would grant the FDA more control over warnings on prescription drugs, and would allow the organization to call for additional studies on existing drugs, Reuters reports.

The legislation, which passed 405-7 in the House of Representatives, comes in the wake of increased concerns about the dangerous the side effects of prescription drugs. The measure would also increase industry fees to help fund continuing FDA product reviews.