The Crawford Resignation Mystery Sat, 24 Sep 2005 Merrill Goozner of Center for Science in the Public Interest provides insight into what may lie behind the sudden resignation of FDA Commissioner, Lester Crawford. Goozner surggests, “One possible clue to the administration’s thinking comes from the appointment of Andrew von Eschenbach, head of the National Cancer…

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At FDA, Changes In Name Only–Agency Puts Business interests Above Safety Fri, 30 Sep 2005 The sudden resignation of FDA Commissioner, Lester Crawford, after just two months in office, has prompted a bipartisan Senate investigation and requests both by the Senate committee HELP and by congressman Maurice Hinchey (NY) and five other members of the…

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How Did the Vioxx Debacle Happen? USA Today / Lancet Tue, 12 Oct 2004 Dr. Eric Topol of the Cleveland Clinic: “The senior executives at Merck and the leadership at the FDA share responsibility for not having taken appropriate action and not recognizing that they are accountable for the public health.” In fact, FDA’s record…

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Infomail 2005 News Stories on Human Research Protection and Commentary by Vera Hassner Sharav Subscribe to the AHRP infomail list Dec 16: Drugs, Devices & Doctors – NYT Paul Krugman Dec 11: Scientific Fraud & Corruption on Both sides of Atlantic: Merck / Proctor & Gamble Dec 11: Gov Accountability Project Creates "FactSquad" on Rx…

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Corporate Culture of Denial Results in Preventable Deaths Fri, 7 Jan 2005 Failure to disclose the hazardous effects of Vioxx and Prozac are evidence of a corporate culture that has run amok. Uncovered company documents – some obtained through litigation, others unearthed by whistleblowers – reveal that the manufacturers knew of the hazardous side effects…

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FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford Resigns – AP Fri, 23 Sep 2005 The Associated Press reports that the embattled FDA commissioner, Lester Crawford, a veterenarian, who headed the agency since Marc McLellan moved over to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has resigned effective immediately. Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav 212-595-8974 URL: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2005/09/23/national/w130151D52.DTL FDA Commissioner Lester…

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Safety of American Drugs Questioned – Assoc Press Thu, 2 Dec 2004 In his CNN news program last evening, Lou Dobbs said the question is no longer whether something is wrong with the FDA’s performance in protecting the public from unsafe drugs–but whether the FDA can even be salvaged? The Associated Press puts it this…

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FDA Critics Slam Plan for Safety Reform – Nature Thu, 17 Feb 2005 This is smoke and mirrors and musical chairs. Vera Sharav Alliance for Human Research Protection, New York http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050214/full/050214-11.html Published online: 17 February 2005; | doi:10.1038/news050214-11 FDA critics slam plan for safety reform Emma Marris Calls grow for independent supervision of US drug…

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FDA Is Flexing Less Muscle where Safety is the Issue – Wash Post Thu, 18 Nov 2004 The Washington Post examines FDA’s record of surveillance and the evidence is clear: since 1992 when Congress required drug companies to pay users fees to the FDA, the agency’s focus changed from safety concerns to business concerns. Curt…

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Cover Letter – AHRP Ethical and Scientific Objections to FDA’s Proposed Licensure of Anthrax Vaccine related links: Comments Submitted to FDA re Anthrax Vaccine (312K pdf) Who Is Protecting The Public Health? By Meryl Nass, Z Magazine March 29, 2005 Lester Crawford, Ph.D., D.V.M. Acting FDA Commissioner U. S. Food and Drug Administration 5600 Fishers…

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