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Energy and Commerce clears meth bill

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee July 28 passes the Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act of 2009, H.R. 2923. The bill, which cleared the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health days earlier, would require retailers of nonprescription pseudoephedrine products to self-certify compliance with existing Combat Meth regulations (1"The Tan Sheet" July 26, 2010). The legislation, which the Senate passed in S. 256 in June 2009, is expected to become law with support from both sides of the aisle and OTC and drug store trade groups

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