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U.S. increases enforcement of Responsible Corporate Officer doctrine

Drug executives may be targeted by officials

U.S. officials have decided to step up their enforcement of a doctrine, dating back to the 1930s, that may put some drug company executives at risk.

In 1939, Congress authorized—as part of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act—the Responsible Corporate Officer doctrine. The doctrine held executives personally responsible for corporate violations to food and drug laws, allowing them to be criminally charged. The doctrine is particularly threatening to the health care industry.


Cathleen Flahardy

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