Thursday, September 01, 2005

Is the FDA above the law?

It seems that politics has trumped science at the FDA where the head of women's health has resigned in protest at the agency head's decision to defer indefinetely proposals to make Plan B (the "morning after pill") available without a prescription.

The FDA is chartered by Congress to consider the safety and efficacy of drugs, neither of which is at issue here. Until and unless Congress change that charter, isn't it totally inappropriate, if not illegal, for the FDA to take other (political) factors in to account?

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