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FDA scientists report corruption at management level

January 9, 2009 by  

The FDA is accused of corruptionAmericans are being placed at risk by the misconduct of managers within the Food and Drug Administration, according to a letter penned by a group of scientists that was sent to the Obama transition team.

The letter, written on a letterhead bearing the name of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, claims that the scientific review process for medical devices has been "corrupted and distorted," the Associated Press reports.

"Managers have ordered, intimidated and coerced FDA experts to modify scientific evaluations, conclusions and recommendations in violation of the laws … and to accept clinical and technical data that is not scientifically valid," the letter reads.

They used the example of computer-aided mammography as an example. FDA scientists recommended against approving the devices five times, because research revealed they produced false alarms that led to unnecessary biopsies.

However, the FDA managers ignored the objections and ordered the technology to be approved, the letter states. This behavior signifies "the most outrageous conduct," the scientists say.

In recent years, the FDA drug and device approval process has come under attack from a number of corners.

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  • Kathleen

    Whenever a doctor has been coerced or misled into dispensing drugs to patients, such as anti-convulsants to treat pain, Google the drugs and there’s a lawsuit. So
    many anti-depressants hit the TV airwaves – here’s your sign – two weeks later the patient has gone from depressed to suicidal ideations. It’s happened to two of my friends in the past 18 months. Seems to me FDA is rushing some on the one hand and asleep at the wheel on the other

    • http://Noneyet Jerry

      Some of you people ought to read Second opinion or death By Michael Bennitchi, He got so close to the truth they pulled his book. Made other reasons for it being pulled. Now this second book Corruption in Medicine /second opinion a must, by Michael Floria great book to read 5 stars. you won’t be able to put it down.

  • Bob Livingston

    The first thing to consider is that big business controls the FDA. It matters little about protest when the political and money power is lined up for or against something. Even if lip service is given to complainers, the decisions go with the political money power.

    • http://aol Del Trembly

      If big business and lots of money is what is corrupting the FDA, which is the same reason for most of the corruption in government, then perhaps we need to place caps on the amount that can be contributed to many of our government programs. It seems that big business, money and lobbists are the 3 things that drive todays government decisions. It does not matter what the ordinary citizen thinks of a particular program or agency as it seems that those who we elect say they listen to the public but that is only to secure your vote. After the election they forget about those who voted them into office and what was promised to the public and belly-up to those with big money and what their wishes are regardless how corrupt that
      may be. I don’t know the solution but capping our money and getting lobbists out of our government would make a huge difference in this
      nation that I dearly love.

  • Ken Roberts

    The same thing is happening in the mental health area they give mind numbing drugs instead of treating the illness. I have been aware of this for many years it is apparent in the treatment of so called ADD “attention deficient disorder” , they pump the pills in to the child with no regard to their safety or the out come of taking such drugs into such a young and undeveloped mind. All they look at is the perspective of giver of said drugs, it takes the load off of the doctor and the associated staff. What they see is a calm settled down child when in fact the child has been set on a road to drug dependency and further trouble down the road , nothing has been cured by the drugs ,only covered up for the child until they become an adult and have to deal with it . The parents go along with it because they trust the professionals when they should be asking pertinent questions concerning the safety of the drugs their child is taking.

  • craigbatley

    The F.D.A. is a joke and has been for decades… Beaurocracy at it’s finest… The drugs are just one aspect….most, if not all, are unecessary “treatments” sold for profit that factually serve no real purpose, often slow real healing and cumulatively over exrended periods cause the same effects as any other poison.(all drugs are scientifically classed as poison) In the same fashion as the myraid of toxic substance they have allowed into our food supply create heart disease and diabetes.. etc..possibly cancer and dementia…to name a few.

    Apart from anti-biotics and a few rare exceptions; they have not discovered or invented anything worth mentioning.
    Pharmacutical industry propaganda, created a market for these products in the billions. There is ample evidence that even “vaccines” may be causing nasty side effects…inlcuding cancer, and sterility.

    North America has become drug dependant…for no other reason than “profit”

    Psychotropics and anti-depresants are the biggest scam ever perpetrated.
    It does not take a lot of research to prove it.

    Google: “the dangers of refined sugar” or “the not milk campaign”, or sites like Mr. Livingston’s … stevia or aspertame?

    Indeed political money does make the scene what it is…vested interest, betraying a gullible public…disguised as expert “help.”

    With any luck future generations will look back at the medical technology from this period as “mostly Superstition” especially in the field of mental health.
    If history is any guidline this will certainly be the case.
    One of the real problems is that the firmly entrenched experts and faulty science close the door on so many real solutions…or even alternative research: Physicians are not even allowed by law to suggest any other than mainstream method.

    A good example of this would be D.C.A. … a simple compound that you could make yourself…very likely cures cancer within weeks…will not even be considered by big pharma for research.
    If you are interested in that….google D.C.A. on youtube. C.B.C and C.N.N. had excellent coverage that made it to the net.

  • Richard

    Why is it that one cannot find out the origin of nearly all generic drugs? Would you knowingly take one made in China? If milk and toothpaste can be contaminated and yet distributed, what of substandard potency or contamination in pharmaceuticals?

  • LJames

    The FDA is no better than Bin Laden!! Everything about the FDA is corrupt….I hop Obama does away with all of the policies there and gives power back to the people to decide what is good for their bodies.

    Over the past few decades people have died at the hands of the politically inept FDA and their controlling laws. If you were to add up these deaths they far out number 911.

    FDA is just an extention of the Taliban…killing America slowly and undetected. Thank God for the internet so that we may educate ourselves and see the truth, no matter how deep its burried!!


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