Senator Sanders urges FDA to allow older versions of $375K drug

Reuters | February 28, 2019

Senator Sanders urges FDA to allow older versions of $375K drug
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders this week urged regulators to allow pharmacies and manufacturers to resume distributing unbranded, lower-cost versions of a drug used to treat a rare neuromuscular disorder, according to a letter provided by his office to Reuters. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders this week urged regulators to allow pharmacies and manufacturers to resume distributing unbranded, lower-cost versions of a drug used to treat a rare neuromuscular disorder, according to a letter provided by his office to Reuters.

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The 10th Judicial Circuit Court hosted a ceremony in the Oliver L. Green Jr. Courtroom recognizing all employees of the justice system, and Polk County Board of County Commissioners who served in the military. Chief Judge Donald Jacobson, and Judge Robert Williams Jr. recognized veterans and received awards from the Viet Nam Veterans of America Chapter 1040 for their continued efforts with the Veterans Court Program. To see more videos like this, go to the PGTV webpage at http://www.Polk-County.net/PGTV.

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The 10th Judicial Circuit Court hosted a ceremony in the Oliver L. Green Jr. Courtroom recognizing all employees of the justice system, and Polk County Board of County Commissioners who served in the military. Chief Judge Donald Jacobson, and Judge Robert Williams Jr. recognized veterans and received awards from the Viet Nam Veterans of America Chapter 1040 for their continued efforts with the Veterans Court Program. To see more videos like this, go to the PGTV webpage at http://www.Polk-County.net/PGTV.

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