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Grassley calls for unannounced inspection of foreign drug plants

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says the FDA should conduct unannounced inspections of foreign manufacturing facilities, particularly those in China and India, where most ingredients used in US pharmaceuticals are made. "As you are aware, I believe that drug importation will help to reduce drug costs for American consumers and patients," Grassley wrote in a letter to FDA acting Commissioner Norman Sharpless and HHS Secretary Alex Azar, but he noted his "position is predicated on the FDA ensuring the safety and efficacy of those drugs."

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