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Merkley bill targets tobacco candy

WASHINGTON — Legislation the Senate is considering to regulate tobacco products under the Food and Drug Administration includes a measure that would mandate the study of a new product: tobacco candy. Made by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the lozenge-like Camel Orb is being test-marketed in Portland, Ore., Indianapolis

Senate Health Committee Adopts Merkley-Brown Amendment on Tobacco Candy

Washington, DC – The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) today approved an amendment from Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Sherrod Brown of Ohio focused on nefarious new products – tobacco candy.  The amendment was approved as part of new landmark legislation to allow the Food

Merkley Recognizes National Nurses Week

Washington, DC – Senator Merkley released a statement honoring National Nurses Week and recognizing the hard work of nurses and their commitment to addressing the needs of patients and their families: “I know firsthand the critical role nurses play in providing safe, high quality, preventative health care.  My wife Mary

Senator Merkley Addresses First Potential H1N1 Flu Virus Case in Oregon

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley made the following statement regarding the Oregon Public Health Department’s identification of a potential H1N1 flu case in Oregon: “Today, state officials announced the first potential case of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, in Oregon. I have been closely monitoring

Merkley Joins Effort to Reinstate Rights to Patients

Washington, D.C. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has co-sponsored legislation to ensure the safety of medical equipment for patients and help protect consumers.  The Medical Device Safety Act will reinstate the right of patients to seek compensation for injuries sustained by faulty health care equipment. “When it comes to our patients,