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Senate Committee Investigates Marketing of Painkillers

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee sent letters Tuesday to three pharmaceutical manufacturers and seven other groups to examine whether the companies have inappropriately influenced guidelines and policies related to use of prescription narcotics. These drugs have been tied to a dramatic increase in deaths and emergency room visits in recent years. Below are the documents. | Related Story »

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Charles Ornstein

Charles Ornstein is a deputy managing editor at ProPublica, overseeing the Local Reporting Network, which works with local news organizations to produce accountability journalism on issues of importance to their communities. From 2008 to 2017, he was a senior reporter covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry. He then worked as a senior editor.

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Tracy Weber

Tracy Weber is a senior editor at ProPublica. Previously, Weber was a senior reporter covering health care issues at ProPublica and, before that, she reported for the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Orange County Register.

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