Blow Tests FDA’s, Industry’s Patience For Illicit Drug-Related Product Brands
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Three months after FDA acted on a trade group's complaint and took enforcement action against an energy beverage firm for marketing its product as an alternative to an illicit street drug, the dietary supplement industry has another opportunity to judge how well the agency responds to a firm using drug jargon to market a product
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