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Save the FDA

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:308
  1. Alexander S D Spiers, retired professor of medicine (
  1. Cookham Dean, Berkshire

    EDITOR—Abbasi asks whether drug regulation is failing.1 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) performs a thankless task. Patients want new drugs available immediately and agitate to accomplish this. Patients also wish medicines to be guaranteed safe, and blame the FDA when toxicity leads to a drug's withdrawal. Clinical scientists complain that the FDA obstructs their …

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