Saturday, July 22, 2006

The War on Science

FDA gets back to business (as usual)
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) just released a survey of 997 FDA scientists, co-sponsored by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility to a total of 5918. (...)

One hundred eighty three scientists in this sample reported they "have been asked, for non-scientific reasons, to inappropriately exclude or alter technical information or their conclusions in a FDA scientific document." (...)

Forty percent of respondents fear retaliation for voicing safety concerns in public. This fear, scientists say, combines with other pressures to compromise the agency's ability to protect public health and safety. More than a third of the respondents did not feel they could express safety concerns even inside the agency. (...)

Only 47 percent think the "FDA routinely provides complete and accurate information to the public." ...(more)
WaPo: Top Democrat Finds F.D.A.'s Efforts Have Plunged


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