Currently, there is an atmosphere at FDA in which the honest employee fears the dishonest employee, and not the other way around. Disturbingly, the atmosphere does not yet exist at FDA where honest employees committed to integrity and the FDA mission can act without fear of reprisal.
Not exactly the kind of ringing endorsement you want for the agency responsible for making sure our food and pharmaceuticals will not lead to extra limbs or worse, zombies. Maybe it does help explain the recent outbreaks of e. coli and salmonella, though, and the huge problems with Vioxx.
If the scientists’ allegations are borne out, let’s hope Obama takes swift action to ensure the safety of our food and drugs in the future.
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