Saturday, June 23, 2007

How the FDA is becoming a Drug Company....

How the FDA is Becoming a Drug Company:
Consumer Safety and Access to Natural Health Options Threatened
Thursday, June 14, 2007

by: Byron J. Richards, CCN

Under the false pretense of improved food and drug safety the FDA is
re-inventing itself as a kingpin drug company. This charade has so far
hoodwinked virtually all members of Congress. The Senate has already
approved this FDA transformation. The House will bring similar
legislation out of committee next week, with a vote in the full House
likely in July. The measure will then go to a conference committee to
work out the differences. The final chapter in this transformation
occurs when the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA becomes law, which
is scheduled to happen some time before September 30, 2007.

Even well-intended FDA employees are actively seeking new employment in
more meaningful work. Such is the case with Rosemary Johann-Liang,
former FDA deputy director of the Division of Drug Risk Evaluation.
Last year she was reprimanded for trying to put a black box warning on
Avandia, a move the FDA itself made last week in a damage-control effort
to cover its complicity with GlaxoSmithKline. After 6 1/2 years
Johann-Liang is leaving the FDA. As USA Today reports:

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