Drugwonks is the spokesblog for Big Pharma. Today they acknowledged a number of stories on Question Authority. I guess this little blog is really, really getting to them boys behind those dark, heavy, oak doors . . .
As to what Robert Goldberg is trying to say, that is a bit hard to figure out. But I think he is really, really, upset the FDA didn't approve Pfizer's maraviroc. What do you think?
State of Fear at the FDA
What's up with the FDA issuing an approvable letter on maraviroc? Well according to Peter Rost (who should know since he is the master of manipulating golden parachutes for himself. Rost's next book: How To Collect Fat Paychecks From ShortHills By Suing Those You Work For) it was to allow outgoing Pfizer R and D execs to short their options. Yeah right. And all those imported drugs made in China ARE safe, just like the toothpaste and petfood.
Anyways, if you were an FDA drug reviewer you now have two choices: become a snitch for Senator Grassley or Congressman Waxman or simply wait till the very last minute to approve a drug. You never know when -- in the words of the owner of the Steven E. Nissen Healthy Heart Fund -- you might be approving another 9=11.
Maraviroc was a targeted therapy for people facing multiple drug resistant HIV...but hey, what's a few months while the FDA sorts out an even lower incidence of liver problems than Tylenol? We now live in a country where in some parts you have to be 19 to buy cold medicines with dextromethorphan. That's right folks, you can fight for your country but you can't buy Robitussin.
The infantilization of American continues apace.