11/18/2004

FDA Is Flexing Less Muscle (washingtonpost.com)

FDA Is Flexing Less Muscle (washingtonpost.com)
Some Question Its Relationship With Drugmakers


In the past four years, the Food and Drug Administration has taken a noticeably less aggressive approach toward policing drugs that cause harmful side effects, records show, leading some lawmakers, academics and consumer advocates to complain that the agency is focusing more on bolstering the pharmaceutical industry than protecting public health.

From 2001 to 2004, three important drugs were taken off the market, compared with 10 that were recalled from 1996 to 2001"

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