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GOP Lawmakers Signal FDA Won’t Escape Congressional Crosshairs In 2009

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA remains in the crosshairs of congressional investigators, and given that Republicans are doing some of the gunning, the agency should expect continued barrages even after the change in administrations

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