FDA denied request to remove tobacco-panel members

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette maker Philip Morris USA says the Food and Drug Administration denied its request to remove members of its tobacco-products advisory panel that the company said had conflicts of interest.

Altria Group, Philip Morris' parent company, says in its quarterly report filed Thursday that the nation's largest tobacco company objected to some voting members of the committee.

The FDA denied the request to remove the members of the committee, which met late last month for the first time. It is to advise FDA on a range of issues, including menthol cigarettes.

But the federal agency says it would continue to screen members for potential conflicts of interest on topics the committee would be considering.

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