THE PLANK MARCH 22, 2007
I cannot fathom why the incompetence of the FDA in the past few years hasn't stirred up more trouble. It seems there's a new unsavory revelation about the agency every day, and with an aging, under-insured American population, it ought to be all the more important for the government to ensure the safety of our prescriptions and comestibles.
Now, though, FDA officials have apparently done some soul searching and, according to the Washington Post, have realized that medical advisors not in the pay of Big Pharma may exist:
new guidelines implicitly acknowledge what critics have long said -- that it is possible to find enough qualified experts who do not have ties to drug and device manufacturers.
Remarkable! But I have a feeling once the universal healthcare debate heats up, occasional ideas like this will not be sufficient.