FDA Staffers Ask Obama To Purge Agency
ABC News' Brian Hartman Reports: Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, released
a remarkable letter today that nine staffers from the Food and Drug
Administration have sent to President Obama.
The staffers are
ecstatic about new leadership at the FDA but want bad managers who still
remain on the job to be run out of the agency, and in some cases,
prosecuted as criminals. The staffers, whose names are redacted, call
for an end to "the culture of wrongdoing and coverup."
letter stated that "many other FDA managers who have failed to protect
the American public, who have violated laws, rules, and regulations, who
have suppressed or altered scientific or technological findings and
conclusions, who have abused their power and authority, and who have
engaged in illegal retaliation against those who speak out, have not
been held accountable and remain in place."
are needed to end the systemic corruption and wrongdoing that permeates
all levels of FDA and has plagued the Agency far too long," the letter
The letter cites the approval of medical devices against
the advice of scientific staff and the overruling of scientists to block
young women from using the Plan B contraceptive pill. A federal judge
recently ordered the FDA to reverse that
decision and let 17-year-olds to use the Plan B pill without a
"Numerous top FDA officials, have been well-aware
of ... serious wrongdoing, and failed to take any actions, while the
physicians and scientists who spoke out and refused to comply have
suffered retaliation," the letter said.
The staffers called for
"immediate and decisive disciplinary action" and suggested "some
wrongdoing may be beyond the scope of FDA's jurisdiction and may need
referral to the U.S. Attorney General."
Read the full letter here.
ABC News: Blog The Note
April 2, 2009
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