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Do You Want Your Tax Dollars Funding a ''Better'' FDA?

Considering commerce -- specifically the financial health of mega-drugmakers -- is of greater urgency to the FDA than your health, why would anyone want to throw more money after bad into that failed icon of faulty medicine?

Unfortunately, that's precisely the recommendation being made byconsumer and patients groups, the industry, previous leaders of theHealth and Human Services Department and even the Center for Science inthe Public Interest. I'm not surprised this announcement comes daysafter the Institute of Medicine issued a scathing report calling for changes in the way the FDA regulates drugs.

Despite the diverse interests of this group, former associate FDAdirector William Hubbard says, all believe the FDA "has to bestrengthened or we're all going to suffer." What would more moneyreally mean to the FDA?

Please, please don't risk your money or your life on a paradigmdesigned to profit from and, at the same time, harm your long-termhealth.

USA Today September 25, 2006

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