- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws strengthening Michigan’s oversight of pharmacies following a fatal 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections from a Massachusetts company.

The legislation raises licensing, record-keeping and inspection standards for compounding pharmacies and requires all pharmacies to have a designated leader responsible for ensuring the facility follows state laws and regulations. Violations that cause injuries or death can lead to four to 15 years in prison.

The contaminated steroids were distributed in Livingston, Genesee, Macomb and Grand Traverse counties. Snyder said Wednesday 22 that Michigan patients died and hundreds more were injured.

Congress last year passed and President Barack Obama signed federal legislation sorting out the legal gray area that allowed the New England Compounding Center and similar operations to skirt state and federal regulations.

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