FDA’s Own Advisers Say It’s Putting Lives At Risk

The nation’s food supply has suffered numerous recalls due to contaminated food. Drugs are recalled at an increasing rate because of the risk they pose to patients. Pharmaceutical companies are overly aggressive in their marketing of new drugs without the support of good science. This isn’t a new wave of terrrorism. Rather, it’s the FDA’s own inability to keep up with a dizzying array of responsibilities at a time when the federal agency has not witnessed any significant increase in funding or technological improvement. “This is a crisis,” warned Dr. Garret A. FitzGerald, a University of Pennsylvania pharmacologist and an FDA adviser. It’s not really the fault of those working at the FDA. They are doing the best with what they have. The real culpability lies in the lack of support the federal government provides an overtaxed and increasingly overwhelmed federal agency. If this crisis isn’t addressed soon, we’ll see catastrophic consequences in the rise of contaminated foods and bad drugs.