Thursday, June 07, 2007

The FDA: Who's Guarding the Guards?

Juvenal was a Roman poet active in the late first and early second centuries. Juvenal is credited with the creation of the phrase, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? It has been translated as "Who will guard the guards?" or "Who watches the watchmen?"

That phrase comes to the fore when I read today's most recent FDA-related news. Once again - in another Congressional hearing held this week - several lawmakers rebuked the FDA for failing to protect consumers. Congressman Henry Waxman says that despite warnings, the FDA never required the drug maker to conduct a thorough post-market study of heart risks . Source

When will it end? The FDA is broken. It's going to take a generation to repair.