GOP Bill Aims To Keep Convicts Away From Drug Trials

Law360, New York (October 28, 2009, 7:06 PM EDT) -- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation to make it easier for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to debar clinical investigators who have been convicted of crimes.

A group of Republicans led by Rep. Joe Barton of Texas introduced a bill to expand the FDA's debarment authority Tuesday in the House, saying the proposed legislation gives the agency necessary power it currently lacks.

Earlier in October, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that lags in debarring convicted clinical investigators, after conducting a...
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