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November 30, 2015

By David S. Hilzenrath

Drug Problems: European Regulator Investigating Trial Led by FDA Nominee



1950 Photograph of a Physican and patient. European regulator EMA is investigating a clinical trial of the blood thinner Xarelto, which Robert Califf, President Obama’s nominee for FDA commissioner, helped lead.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

November 23, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Duke Reassessing Data From Clinical Trial Led By FDA Nominee Califf



Photograph of Duke Clinical Research Institute The clinical trial that was the basis for FDA approval of the blood thinner Xarelto for cardiac patients used a line of testing devices that was the subject of two FDA warning letters before the trial began and an FDA recall notice after the trial ended, a

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Topics: Public Health and Science

November 24, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: There are Still No Good Options for Intelligence Community Whistleblowers



Thomas Drake Ridenhour Serious and systemic problems continue to exist in the intelligence community's accountability system. Current laws and policies are nowhere near sufficient, as shown by a recent report by the PEN America Center.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

November 23, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Senate Probing Possible Reprisal Against DoD Task Force Whistleblower



The photograph shows the pumps at the CNG filling station constructed by TFBSO in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. The Pentagon task force responsible for the $43 million gas station in Afghanistan is in the news again, this time over claims by its former chief that he is the victim of whistleblower retaliation.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 20, 2015

By David S. Hilzenrath

Drug Problems: Duke Reassessing Data From Trial Led By FDA Nominee



Robert Califf FDA The Duke Clinical Research Institute is reassessing data from a clinical trial of Xarelto that FDA nominee Robert Califf helped lead.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

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