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Food and Drug Administration under assault

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6972.82a (Published 14 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:82

Doctors are not doing too well in Washington at the moment. Dr Joycelyn Elders has just departed back to Arkansas for being too blunt about sex education (17 December, p 1504), and now Dr David Kessler is in the firing line.

Kessler was hired by President Bush to run the Food and Drug Administration, a lumbering bureaucracy that had grown grossly inefficient. Kessler got the job done, and he was one of the few Republican appointees kept on by President Clinton in 1992. Kessler has continued to champion the FDA's role as regulator of food products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and some medical devices. He sped up the process for testing and approving lifesaving drugs, especially those used against HIV and …

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