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Letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services on FDA Oversight Failures in Light of Meningitis Outbreak

October 24, 2012

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November 28, 2012, Response from the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Public Citizen urges the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to appoint an independent entity, such as the HHS Office of Inspector General, to conduct a thorough investigation into how the Food and Drug Administration failed to use its established regulatory authority to protect the public from the dangerous practice of large-scale drug compounding that lead to the widening fungal meningitis outbreak caused by tainted steroid injections.

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