A new federal report has concluded that the authority to regulate pharmacies engaged in drug compounding is "unclear" and "inconsistent" at the state and federal levels.
The Government Accountability Office also found that federal circuit court decisions have given the Food and Drug Administration different oversight authority in different parts of the country.
Democratic U.S. Reps. John Tierney of Massachusetts and Elijah Cummings of Maryland requested the report in the wake of a fatal nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says America is experiencing a crisis in dental care, and has introduced legislation to address the issue.
Sanders and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings have introduced Senate and House bills that would expand dental coverage to millions of Americans through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The measures would authorize funding to increase access to dental services at community health centers and boost support for mobile clinics and dental clinics in schools.