Drug Jitters

Pharmaceutical companies face continuing tough scrutiny from the Food & Drug Administration, a climate that could hurt growth

More than two years after Merck (MRK) pulled its Vioxx painkiller from shelves over heart attack and stroke risks, worries about drug safety continue to propel policy at the Food & Drug Administration. This is causing headaches for pharma companies that need to get new, revenue-boosting products on the market quickly. And the tenser climate could eventually lead to tougher regulations about how companies monitor the safety of their drugs once they hit the market.

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