Pink Sheet Podcast: Monkeypox Vaccine EUA, Drug Pricing Bill Fallout, US FDA’s IT Upgrade
Pink Sheet reporters and editor discuss the new monkeypox vaccine EUA, the potential impact of drug pricing legislation, and how things may have been different if the FDA already had a desired technology upgrade.
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