Senator Manchin Goes to White Oak
This article was originally published in RPM Report
The open public hearing portion of an advisory committee is often emotional and sometimes persuasive. It is not usually a forum for a give-and-take with a sitting US Senator. But it was during a two-day review of the DEA scheduling status of hydrocodone combos.
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