March 10, 2005

D'ya Think?

Is it just possible that people who stand to benefit financially from a decision won't exactly be objective participants in the decision-making?

A dozen consumer groups called on the Food and Drug Administration yesterday to more closely scrutinize the scientists on its advisory committees and exclude those with close industry ties.

The FDA should bar from committee meetings any doctors or researchers who have a direct financial relationship to companies that would be influenced by their recommendations, the advocacy groups said in a letter to the agency.

The groups also asked the agency to limit the number of experts with industry ties to half of the panelists. ...

I'm only amazed that the suggestion hit the news. No surprise will be forthcoming if the FDA takes no notice.

Posted by natasha at March 10, 2005 08:54 PM | Corruption & Graft | Technorati links |