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GAO Backs Prescription Pseudoephedrine Approach

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Senator Feinstein says PSE products should be available only by prescription nationwide. A GAO report supports “an expansion of prescription-only laws in the fight to combat the serious epidemic of meth production,” she says.

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