Lexicon reports positive data on tumor drug; Watchdogs oppose loosening FDA's conflict rules;

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> Lexicon Pharmaceuticals announced this morning that LX1032 or telotristat etiprate posted positive mid-stage data demonstrating its potential for reducing symptoms associated with tumors. Story

> A group of healthcare watchdogs led by Gary Schwitzer says they're vehemently opposed to any relaxation of the FDA's conflict of interest rules for advisory committee members. The group offered a list of experts who could fill empty AdComm spots. Story

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