Thursday, January 8, 2009

FDA Scientists Press for Agency Overhaul

Dow Jones Newswires reports that "A group of scientists at the US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team pleading with him to restructure the agency, saying managers have ordered, intimidated and coerced scientists to manipulate data in violation of the law." The letter says that the FDA "is a 'fundamentally broken' agency...where honest employees committed to integrity can't act without fear of reprisal." The letter may push incoming HHS Secretary Tom Daschle to "make sweeping changes" at the FDA.

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