Washington, DC â€“ Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn. â€“ 3), as part of an on-going effort to ensure that science â€“ and not industry interests â€“ informs decisions within the Food and Drug Administration, sent a letter to Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, FDA Commissioner, expressing concern about the Reagan-Udall Foundation and seeking information about its creation.
â€œWhile the intended goals of the Reagan-Udall Foundation are worthy, given that it will be funded primarily by pharmaceutical companies, the FDA would be responsible for ensuring that the Foundation does not further increase the industryâ€™s influence within the FDA,â€ DeLauro wrote. â€œAlthough the mission of the foundation is intended to support research that encourages an expedited FDA approval process, I believe 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.â€
We have previously commented on such absurdity on October 15th ("Concerned Scientists") and again on October 17th ("Critical Wrath").
And, yes, this is same Rosa DeLauro who spoke so passionately in favor of H.R. 2693, The Popcorn Workers Lung Disease Prevention Act.
What else can be said?