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View Diary: What's Wrong with the FDA's Plan B Compromise? Almost Everything. (21 comments)

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  •  I am referring to an absolute statement (0+ / 0-)

    that I suspect is not factual.

    But I'm open to being convinced otherwise.

    •  Pharmaceutical medications are (0+ / 0-)

      a very different area of regulation than that which the EPA oversees.  The pharmaceutical production and distribution system is highly controlled unlike environmental and ecosystems.

      In any case, in theory the FDA should be working from scientifically proven data to make their decisions.  Politicization at that agency, however, is not as rare as it should be.  There was a time when this country had the fewest drug recalls of any other nation.  But political meddling has infected the FDA in the past two decades under the premise that they were too slow at approving drugs and did not give enough latitude to researchers.  Some of that came out of the AIDS debacle of the 80s where between Reagan's denials of the dangers and realities of the disease and the slow progress on producing treatments for the disease created a coalition of people who pushed the FDA to be less conservative in their processes.

      This ruling by the FDA is pretty obviously a political response.  The Administration having lost cover with HHS has punted the issue over to FDA to get some ground back.  The next lawsuit that will be filed will be filed against the FDA.

      •  Understood (0+ / 0-)

        Again, I'm merely asking for substantiation for a claim made by the diarist.

        I would be surprised if such a limitation exists, but I'm willing to be convinced.

        •  I would guess that my statement (0+ / 0-)

          was overly simplistic.  

          Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.--Jacob Bronowski www.WisdomCommons.org

          by ValerieTarico on Wed May 01, 2013 at 01:37:54 PM PDT

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          •  That said, the other considerations I listed (0+ / 0-)

            appear to be off mission for the agency.  

            FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

            FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health. FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors.

            Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.

            Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.--Jacob Bronowski www.WisdomCommons.org

            by ValerieTarico on Wed May 01, 2013 at 01:45:21 PM PDT

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