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Metabolife Federal Probe Spurs Release Of Ephedrine Complaint Records

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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An FDA task force will review the 13,000 ephedrine alkaloid patient complaint records Metabolife is releasing in response to publicity surrounding a criminal investigation into whether the company lied about its knowledge of adverse events

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