Judge: FDA can't use tobacco panel menthol report

July 21, 2014 11:03 PM

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge says the Food and Drug Administration can't use an advisory panel's 2011 report on menthol cigarettes because its members had conflicts of interest.

While the FDA has since conducted an independent review on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes, Monday's ruling could hinder the agency's ability to defend any future regulations.

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