Antiobiotic approval moves forward despite fears about risks
The government is on track to approve a new antibiotic to treat a pneumonia-like disease in cattle, despite warnings from health groups and a majority of the agency's own expert advisers that the decision will be dangerous for people.
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Without using the word "corruption," this story gives one more example of the inadequacy of pinning the responsibility for protecting the public on regulatory bodies such as the FDA. The problem with the FDA is that it is entirely in the pockets of the businesses it is supposed to regulate. Too many FDA staffers eventually go to work for those same organizations, and given that the FDA commissioners are all political appointees, they are only as public-spirited, committed to food and drug safety and as honest as the President who appoints them. Does anybody else see a problem with this picture?
This kind of FDA action is mirrored in the agency's response to genetically engineered foods. They have yet to reject even one, notwithstanding that not one has yet passed any meaningful safety tests.
If there were truly watchdogs in the Dept. of Justice, would it be possible to prosecute the FDA under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act?