Well here’s a non-shocker…

January 10, 2009

scientistNow it can be not be shocking that a bunch of scientists came out to announce that the FDA is corrupt, mismanaged, wrong, twisted, F-up, etc. in a letter to our new president.  The FDA is the same agency that has decided they can not find whether its a contaminated tomatoes or a pepper that had caused our country’s ills.  They are the same ones that have decided mercury is now good.  They are, finally, the same ones that claim that a little poison is not a bad thing in baby formula.

In an unusually blunt letter, a group of federal scientists is complaining to the Obama transition team of widespread managerial misconduct in a division of the Food and Drug Administration.

“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the scientific review process for medical devices at the FDA has been corrupted and distorted by current FDA managers, thereby placing the American people at risk,” said the letter, dated Wednesday and written on the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health letterhead.

The center is responsible for medical devices ranging from stents and breast implants to MRIs and other imaging machinery. The concerns of the nine scientists who wrote to the transition team echo some of the complaints from the FDA’s drug review division a few years ago during the safety debacle involving the painkiller Vioxx.

The FDA declined to publicly respond to the letter, but said it is working to address the concerns.

In their letter the FDA dissidents alleged that agency managers use intimidation to squelch scientific debate, leading to the approval of medical devices whose effectiveness is questionable and which may not be entirely safe.

“Managers with incompatible, discordant and irrelevant scientific and clinical expertise in devices…have ignored serious safety and effectiveness concerns of FDA experts,” the letter said. “Managers have ordered, intimidated and coerced FDA experts to modify scientific evaluations, conclusions and recommendations in violation of the laws, rules and regulations, and to accept clinical and technical data that is not scientifically valid.”

Thank goodness we now have a president that listens to the scientific community vs a president that never really understood the bible but swore by it, ugh.


One comment

  1. You are right on ChamayO about the FDA being very corrupt..

    I think I told you before about aspartame and Donald Rumsfeld. “When Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, that conglomerate manufactured aspartame. For 16 years the FDA refused to approve it, not only because its not safe but because they wanted the company indicted for fraud. You know that would be a good story in itself about the corruption of the FDA…it’s a joke.

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