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D. Linden Barber quoted in article “House Panel Takes Up DEA Drug Approval, Enforcement Bills”


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D. Linden Barber, of Quarles & Brady LLP and former counsel for the DEA, said in his testimony that the current enforcement structure is vulnerable to court challenges, confusing for the regulated industries and potentially harmful to patients.

“If Congress gave a clear standard in the law, then the agency can use its important enforcement powers and the courts won’t second guess them,” he said. “[Not having a clear standard] is a harm to the agency and to the regulated community that doesn’t know where the lines are.”