Scope of FDA surveillance of its employees is higher than previously thought, journalists say

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4880
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Electronic surveillance of its employees by the US Food and Drug Administration has been far greater than originally thought, an investigation by the New York Times has found.

More than 80 000 pages of electronic documents have been gathered on an “enemies list” of employees by their superiors, says the newspaper, which published the story on the front page of its Sunday edition on 15 July.1

The FDA’s investigation of its own scientists began in early 2010 over the possible leaking of confidential information on medical devices under review. It quickly expanded to include “21 agency employees, Congressional officials, …

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