The FDA appears to be responding to pressure to clean up its act in light of the fiasco of drugs such as Avandia, Vioxx, Accutane, Ketek and most dangerous of all Zyprexa. All have been shown to have horrendous side effects including the death of thousands of recipients.
The US House of Representatives has now passed a bill requiring the FDA to follow up on the safety record of drugs for as long as seven years after they are released. The FDA also will be required to strictly limit the involvement on their advisory panels of any ‘expert’ with a conflict of interest, i.e. receiving cash from Big Pharma.
Two questions emerge. Firstly, will the FDA be able to find any experts who are not beholden to Big Pharma. Secondly, will President Bush sign the bill into law when he is also beholden to Big Pharma.