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Lawmaker Calls For Leavitt To Be Punished

Law360 (February 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- As the U.S. Congress attempts to investigate the approval of the antibiotic Ketek, a powerful House Democrat is calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to be held in contempt after refusing to hand over material subpoenaed in conjunction with the probe.

On Tuesday, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) voiced his support for holding Leavitt in contempt, indicating that he was upset over the secretary's refusal to comply with the Congressional panel's earlier wishes.

“At best, [the arguments] are specious,”...
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