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The FDA is Hurting Consumers

Posted by Shawn. T. on June 25, 2004, at 11:58:11

In reply to FDA Finds Gepirone ER 'Not Approvable', posted by jrbecker on June 25, 2004, at 8:16:51

I find that decision nothing less than infuriating; the FDA had better have a very good reason for their ruling. In the past few years, the FDA has consistently demonstrated a lack of disregard for the best interests for consumers. Their frequent conflicts of interests and inappropriate actions have been reported by USA Today ( ), the San Francisco Chronicle ( ), the Washington Post ( ), Lancet ( ), and several other news agencies. Given the FDA's troubled past, I find it difficult to accept that the FDA has based this decision on solid evidence. I'm unaware of any published findings that question the safety of gepirone; perhaps the drug's problem lies with the fact that its producer doesn't benefit from the same coziness that some other drug companies share with the FDA. Perhaps anti-consumer attitudes aren't quite as unethical in other government agencies, but the FDA has a very important responsibility to follow reasonable ethical standards. When lives are stake, the FDA must now be allowed to exist as a servant of certain sectors of the pharmaceutical industry.





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