FDAAA Impact Analysis: Year One
This article was originally published in RPM Report
The RPM Report’s analysis of the fi rst year under FDA’s new law makes one fact clear: sponsors seeking approval for never-before-marketed ingredients need to assume the new tools will apply to them.
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