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Republicans Favor Regulatory ‘Leeway’ On Drug Use During Emergencies, Bright Hearing Shows

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In a Congressional hearing reminiscent of the right-to-try law debates, Democrats praised ousted BARDA Director Rick Bright for whistleblowing on the political interference in COVID-19 drug decisions, while Republicans argued the government should lower its standards during a pandemic and permit more widespread use of experimental medicines prior to clinical data. 

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