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The Senate Finance Committee is widening a probe into tax-exempt organizations — including patient advocacy groups and medical associations — that have financial ties with opioid makers in a bid to shed light on the extent to which these relationships affected the ongoing opioid crisis afflicting the U.S.

Last Friday, letters were sent by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who heads the committee, and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the minority leader, to 10 organizations, including the Federation of State Medical Boards, which supports physician licensing and regulation; The Joint Commission, which accredits health care organizations; and such groups as the American Chronic Pain Association and the American Society of Pain Educators.

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