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WellPoint Clarinex Switch Petition Assertions Are “Troubling” – NCL

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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An FDA-mandated OTC switch of Schering-Plough's Clarinex (desloratadine) would be "troubling" and would represent "a serious shift in agency policy," the National Consumers League states

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