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On The Fast Track: The FDA And Drug Approvals

In the past year, the Food and Drug Administration approved 35 new medicines -- a near-record for the last decade. After years of slow but steady drug approvals, the FDA is considering speedier review and acceptance of innovative medicines, especially obesity treatments, antibiotics and drugs to fight infectious diseases. But scientists warn expedited approvals come with enhanced risks. We explore the push for new medications and the struggle to balance risks and benefits.

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