Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Support Independent Science at the US Food and Drug Admin

FDA Scientists and Drug Safety

A recent Union of Concerned Scientists survey of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists has exposed significant political interference with science at the agency—corroborating news accounts of unsafe drugs that have been approved because scientific information was suppressed. These abuses compromise the FDA's ability to protect public health by ensuring that our drugs, food, and other products are safe. Next week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will meet to discuss possible reforms at the FDA related to safety issues—but they may not address the culture of scientific abuse.

Call today and urge Senator Chris Dodd, a member of the HELP committee, to listen to the scientists' concerns and push for reforms that will ensure open and independent science at the FDA.

Senator Dodd can be reached at (202) 224-2823.

Sincerely,

Michael Halpern
National Field Organizer
Scientific Integrity Program

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Background:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), now in its hundredth year, is responsible for protecting and advancing public health through the regulation of drugs, food, medical devices, cosmetics, and the blood supply—including products that, according to the FDA, account for 25 cents of every American consumer dollar spent.

The FDA mission statement calls for "helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health." However, recent investigations have exposed significant political interference in science at the FDA that may have devastating consequences for public health. More...



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