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Painkiller panel drops experts linked to pharma industry

Painkiller panel drops experts linked to pharma industry

A University of Maryland professor removed from a panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration on prescription painkillers said Friday she was surprised by the decision and believes she got caught up in politics.

Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson, who teaches in the School of Pharmacy and has a specialty in hospice and end-of-life care, was one of four doctors removed this week from the panel organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The academies advise the FDA on medical issues.

The academies confirmed that the doctors had been dropped, but a spokeswoman said the group does not disclose reasons for not moving forward with a nomination to...

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