Corruption at the FDA
Today’s New York Times has a timely reminder, if one were needed, that the regulatory process is hopelessly corrupt. According to the Times, about a third of the panel of advisers who voted on whether the COX-2 pain medicines Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra should be permitted on the market had worked recently for the manufacturers of the drugs. The point is not that the Food and Drug Administration shouldn’t permit the drugs on the market. The point is that the government should have nothing to say about it.
Cross-posted at The Szasz Blog.
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William Marina - 2/26/2005
When I was on leave working for Congress' Joint Econ. Comm. in 1981, the most common comment I heard about Fed regulatory agencies was that
"The FDA is the biggest whore in
Kenneth R Gregg - 2/26/2005
Jack High coauthored "The Politics of Purity" ( http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0472109847/qid=1109376748/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/104-9081542-0009505?v=glance&s=books ), little recognized, but one of the best books on the history of the FDA. He traces the corruption within the organization from the very beginning.
The Feds should never have been involved.
Just a thought.