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Capitol Hill Lawmakers Could Revisit Pearson, DSHEA In 2001

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Congressional leaders may be looking to the 107th Congress to initiate hearings on FDA's actions in implementing the Pearson v. Shalala decision.

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