Skip to comments.Vast F.D.A. Effort Tracked E-Mails of Its Scientists
Posted on 07/16/2012 8:43:16 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot
WASHINGTON A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show.
What began as a narrow investigation into the possible leaking of confidential agency information by five scientists quickly grew in mid-2010 into a much broader campaign to counter outside critics of the agencys medical review process, according to the cache of more than 80,000 pages of computer documents generated by the surveillance effort.
Moving to quell what one memorandum called the collaboration of the F.D.A.s opponents, the surveillance operation identified 21 agency employees, Congressional officials, outside medical researchers and journalists thought to be working together to put out negative and defamatory information about the agency.
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Remember the days 'whistle blowers' are hailed as patriots?
Some years ago they approved the use of Tagamet (cimitedine) for over the counter use. This drug is particularly hated by we pharmacists. This drug has multiple drug interactions that can be serious to fatal. I personally would like to see this drug banned. Their are other drugs that do not have these interactions that are as effective or even more effective and also are over the counter. Click on the below link to look at the interactions. It is ugly!
Either the FDA is totally incompetent (which is a possibility) or it is corrupt and money changed hands to get this approved. If you ask any pharmacist they will tell you this should never be over the counter.
If it became common knowledge how much damage the fda may have caused medicine and medical research, the hue and cry would be enormous.
Both incompetence (at best, willful negligence more probably), and corruption rampant for people in charge of the F.D.A.
And we are only talking about one drug. What else is there that the public don't know?
My main complaint is the FDAs slow process for drug approval. A perfect example is Beta Blockers. They were approved in Europe years before the United States. As a result of this many preventable deaths occurred.
The FDA likes to tout the fact that Thalidomide was not used in the United States. This did prevent hundreds of cases of deformities in children. However, the tragic cases of deformity would have been many factors less than the deaths caused by the late approval of Beta Blockers. All new drugs carry inherent risks that must be evaluated on a risk benefit ratio.
When you can pick winners and losers via your decisions, economics and out right corruption can and does get in the way of unbiased decisions. I have seen this in drugs that are not approved due to the fact that the new drug is not an improvement on existing drugs that are available.