bm128 Politicizing the FDA, Holding the US Back

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It was designed to be an independent agency of the US government, to maintain standards in the areas of food, drugs, and cosmetics. But in the past few years the FDA has been hesitant to make decisions, especially when it comes to anything related to sex. Why is this happening? Who is benefiting and creating this behavior? And what about cases like the Plan B emergency contraceptive and the Cervical Cancer Vaccine Gardasil, how are they affected? My guest, a veteran of the pharmaceutical industry and blogger, Ed Vawter, joins me to discuss this and more.

AudioCommunique #128 (mp3)

Useful Links:

Formerly of the FDA, Susan F. Wood in the Washington Post.
Pharmaceutical Engineering Blog on the Politicizing of the FDA
The official FDA’s q & a on Plan B

Music:

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – Biomusicology
Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Another Drinking Song (Remedy)
K’Naan – Strugglin’

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