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Grassley/Kohl Find Ray Of Sunshine From PhRMA: Group Endorses Physician Gifts Bill

This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily

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Consumer groups also are “inclined to support” revised bill to establish national registry of pharma gifts to physicians.

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