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Generic drug bill

Executive Summary

Legislation to increase FDA enforcement authority is expected to be introduced on May 15 by Rep. Dingell (D-Mich.), whose House Oversight Subcommittee has investigated the generic drug scandal for nearly two years. The measure will be referred to the Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Waxman (D-Calif.), who will not be a cosponsor. Waxman reportedly is concerned that the bill's sanctions solely target the generic and not the brandname industry and that the HHS Inspector General's enforcement authority might supersede FDA's regarding FD&C Act felony violations.

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