Opioids: US Senate Committee Chairman's Discussion Drafts Broadly Reflect FDA Priorities
Agency would be allowed to require blister packaging for approved opioids, and would have to do more to coordinate with US Customs and Border Protection to detect illicit drugs at the border, under legislative proposals unveiled by Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander.
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