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The drug approval process in the United States is complicated. There are many stakeholders and varying agendas when bringing a drug to market, and profit motives often are as big a factor as helping patients. The loopholes and shortcuts in this complex system can sometimes be used to bring drugs to market that aren't actually proven to do anything to improve patients' lives. Today we'll learn about some recent controversies about some drugs that have taken alternative and sometimes controversial routes to FDA approval.

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