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COVID-19 Could Offer Some DSCSA Enforcement Relief For Manufacturers

Executive Summary

As the US FDA focuses on COVID-19 pandemic-related activities, the time may be right to ask for an extension in complying with the DSCSA’s saleable returns verification deadline.

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