Sub Rosa

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  • 12/19/2007
The omnibus spending package moving through Congress would block FDA from transferring any money to the Reagan-Udall Foundation, the research institution created by the FDA Amendments Act.

The FDAAA. which implemented a slew of new policies while reauthorizing industry user fees, stipulates that FDA provide between $500,000 and $1.25 million per year to the Reagan-Udall Foundation. But the omnibus appropriations bill specifically blocks FDA from transferring any money to the foundation.

The prime mover behind this is Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) (who chairs the appropriations subcommittee that funds FDA). Ms. DeLauro believes the Reagan-Udall Foundation “has the potential of endorsing the approval of drugs and devices based on lower standards for safety and efficacy, and without appropriately designed clinical trials.”

That is just absurd. When a senior member of Congress can blatantly accuse the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry of wanting to lower standards for drug development and review, it illustrates just how low a point we have reached. It’s just the absolute nadir. A new low in politics trumping public health.

A 21st century Scopes Monkey Trial.

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind:
and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Proverbs 11:29

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