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March 3, 2017

By David S. Hilzenrath

Trump’s Dangerous Prescription for the FDA



President Trump addressing a joint session of Congress, with VP Mike Pence and Rep. Paul Ryan seated behind him, clapping. President Donald Trump called the FDA drug approval process slow and burdensome, but the evidence he cited could point to the opposite conclusion. Slashing regulatory restraints as he proposed could pose medical and financial hazards.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Public Health and Science

February 22, 2017

By Ned Feder, M.D.

Let There Be Light: The FDA's Surprising New Policy



FDA Shrouded in Darkness - the Food and Drug Administration building and sign The Food and Drug Administration has a brand-new policy bringing greater transparency regarding the agency's advisory committee members. The increased transparency will help address concerns over these members' conflicts of interest and the advice they giv

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Public Health and Science

February 14, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Stormy Seas Ahead for US Shipbuilding Safety



USS John C. Stennis enters dry dock in 2013 on anovercast day at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard There’s an “unhealthy codependency” between the US Navy and Coast Guard and private shipbuilders, who thrive on federal contracts but neglect workplace safety. President Trump’s plan to expand the US fleet could put shipyard workers in even greater danger.

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Topics: National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

December 8, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POTUS Can’t Overlook Pitfalls of 21st Century Cures Act



President Barack Obama signs legislation in the Oval Office, Dec. 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) The 21st Century Cures Act just passed by Congress greatly deregulates the drug approval process, to the detriment of patients and anyone who will be paying for health care.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

December 1, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

FDA and Patient Groups Are Addicted to Drug Industry



FDA Drug Money A new investigation by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) reveals the extent to which the FDA is dependent upon the pharmaceutical industry for its funding. And many of the so-called patient and consumer advocacy groups that are supposed to be a bu

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Topics: Public Health and Science

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