Latest result in online poll for new FDA Commissioner
So, this is the deal: If I became the new FDA Commissioner I would want to reorient the FDA to focus on its primary customers . . . American citizens, instead of primarily serving the drug industry. That means the agency would focus not only on fastest and most efficient processing of new drug applications, but would also ensure that unsafe drugs are taken off the market or labeling revised in a more timely manner. Both these objectives should be equally important.
I would also want to ensure that hundreds of unapproved drugs that are sold illegally as prescription drugs would be taken off the market, and that reimportation of drugs would become legal and regulated and appropriate safety measures taken to protect the public.
Finally, I'd want to bring the kind of internal and external accountability that normally exist within private corporations to a government agency and work for limitation of direct to consumer advertising, which is counter productive to efficient healthcare.