FDA Finally Cleaning House?

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The FDA is making news again – this time it’s a mixed blessing. The new head of the FDA is clearly getting serious about the promise to clean up the FDA.

One FDA Director just resigned and another is apparently under investigation. The first one, Daniel Schultz, previously head of the medical devices division, reportedly resigned under pressure after years of speculation about approval of unsafe devices. The other Director, head of the Center at the FDA for Drug Evaluation And Research is under investigation for alleged conflicts of interest.

This comes after the appointment to positions in the FDA of noted critics of the pharmaceutical industry, such as Sidney Wolfe.  It seems that action is finally being taken to point the FDA back in the direction of independent monitoring and oversight to the food and pharmaceutical industries.

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