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Just say yes to drugs

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Washington Post reported on a report by the National Research Center for Women & Families showing that expert panels assembled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are often biased towards approving new drugs.

Officials can discuss what's a conflict of interest all day, but I have a simpler idea. How about if, for every panel member who's got any tie to a drug company (or a nonprofit or trade association they fund), we have TWO panelists that work only for public interest groups that have no tie to the drug industry?

... And just for fun, have a look at Mike Adams and Dan Berger's political cartoons about the FDA.

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