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Even FDA Employees Question Their Own Practices!

Key findings in a two-year-old survey released yesterday gave harsh criticisms about the FDA, which is nothing new, except where it came from: 400 OF ITS OWN EMPLOYEES! The following numbers were eye-openers, to say the least.

  • Two-thirds of FDA scientists lacked confidence the agency adequately monitors the safety of prescription drugs.
  • Eighteen percent said they had been pressured to approve or recommend a drug despite reservations about its safety, effectiveness or quality.
  • Almost 60 percent felt the six month window allotted to review some drugs wasn't enough time to do so.
  • More than a third of the scientists polled were only "somewhat" or "not at all" confident that final decisions on new drugs adequately assessed their safety.

The survey, conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General, was secured by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility secured the survey through the Freeedom of Information Act and released it with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

This kind of rampant insanity motivates me to stay the course on my mission to replace the existing drug paradigm focused on temporary and often toxic solutions to one focused on treating and preventing the underlying causes of disease.

USA Today December 17, 2004

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