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Tax-Exempts’ Ties to Opioid Manufacturers Get Senate Scrutiny (1)

July 1, 2019, 1:32 PM; Updated: July 1, 2019, 2:06 PM

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wrote to several pain advocacy groups and medical associations questioning their ties to opioid manufacturers.

Grassley and Wyden said in the letters that it is their responsibility to probe the extent to which pharmaceutical companies fund nonprofit organizations, and “how these payments may influence pain treatment practices and policy.” The letters, which the senators released July 1, come amid broader concerns stemming from the opioid crisis.

  • The senators asked the groups, including the American Pain Society and the Federation of State Medical Boards, to provide their...

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