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FDA enforcement actions have plummeted under Trump

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 05 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4575
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The Food and Drug Administration, which is tasked with the regulation of food, medicine, and medical devices in the United States, has been regulating far less since the Trump administration took power in January 2017, says a review of the agency’s records by the journal Science.1

FDA warning letters, in which the agency cites violations and demands compliance, have fallen by a third in the first 29 months of Donald Trump’s governance, as just 1033 were sent out, compared with 1532 during an equivalent period at the start of Barack Obama’s presidency. The rate has continued to decline in recent months.

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