DeLauro Seeks Info From FDA Amid Political Influence Concerns
By Jared A. Favole, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Congresswoman Rep. Rosa DeLauro, concerned about political influence in device and drug approvals, wants details about what products the Food and Drug Administration has approved in the last several months.
She fears that industry influence “has permeated the culture of the agency and has resulted in the approval of a number of products that later were proven to be unsafe and/or ineffective,” according to a letter, dated Thursday, that DeLauro sent to acting FDA Commissioner Frank M. Torti.
DeLauro’s letter comes a month after a group of scientists in the agency’s medical device division told Congress and the Obama administration that FDA managers have ordered, intimidated and coerced scientists to manipulate scientific data to get products approved.
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