This New York Times article highlights why the FDA is a reality TV train wreck in the making. Gardiner Harris reports:The FDA, some people think they’re the stewards of our good health and too others—myself included—they’re quite the confederacy of dunces.
A series of drug-safety scandals has led many on Capitol Hill to question whether the Food and Drug Administration has failed to strike the right balance between speed and safety. A clear sign of this imbalance, these critics say, is the increasing number of F.D.A. drug-safety officers who say they have been punished or ignored after uncovering dangers of popular medicines.Welcome to the FDA, drug companies hallowed be thy names.
The latest to suffer this fate is Dr. Rosemary Johann-Liang, 42, who recommended more than a year ago that the diabetes drug Avandia carry the agency’s strongest possible safety warning for its effects on the heart…
… On Wednesday, the F.D.A. commissioner, Andrew C. von Eschenbach, announced that the agency had asked for boxed warnings on Avandia and Actos, more than a year after Dr. Johann-Liang’s recommendation.
At least four other F.D.A. safety reviewers in recent years have been punished or discouraged after uncovering similar drug dangers, according to Congressional investigations.