Just as the Food & Drug Administration is beginning to recover from the generic-drug scandals of 1988, the agency may be heading for another disgrace. A federal grand jury in Baltimore is investigating charges that FDA officials passed confidential information about coming drug approvals to brokerage firms in return for cash. Approval for a major drug often sends the stock of its maker soaring. An FDA spokesman admits that several employees have been subpoenaed but says that the agency has no evidence of wrongdoing.

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