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At the WSJ's Health Blog, Alice Mundy writes about a sting operation conducted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to determine whether companies overseeing clinical studies need more oversight. The committee set up up a sting, posing as a company called Device Med-Systems, with a fake surgical product called Adhesiablog that needed to go through a clinical trial.

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Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

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